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Will final budget deal neglect job training yet again?

As rumors continue to swirl on Jones Street about a deal on the FY2015-2017 budget (House Speaker Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Berger will hold a press briefing today at 3:00 p.m.), investments in North Carolina’s community ...
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Governor McCrory is just plain wrong about the jobs picture

Governor McCrory has been at it again lately—incorrectly claiming that his decision to dramatically cut unemployment benefits is responsible for turning around the state’s job market. During a visit to Morganton last week, the Governor stated: “There’s nothing ...
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Still the pits: Why cherry-picked jobs data are not a true reflection of NC economy

Over the past few months, Governor McCrory has been claiming his policies—especially cutting unemployment benefits—are responsible for reducing the state’s unemployment rate. He’s even branded this the “Carolina Comeback.” But as it turns out, the Governor’s claims largely ...
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Last year’s tax cuts undermine new state economic development plan

Earlier this month, the North Carolina Economic Development Board released a new strategic plan for creating jobs and growing the state’s economy over the next decade. The plan listed a number of admirable and important policy goals, including ...
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Jobs recovery still waiting to happen in many NC metros

Despite falling unemployment rates, most of North Carolina’s metro areas are still waiting for meaningful job creation, according to new numbers released Wednesday by the Division of Employment Security. In 11 of 14 of the state’s metro areas, ...
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Workers label federal budget deal “missed opportunity” and call for new revenues from closing corporate loopholes

As details continued to emerge throughout the day about a possible short-term Federal budget deal for 2014 and 2015, it’s become increasingly clear that the deal represents a missed opportunity for a long-term resolution to our nations’ budget ...
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North Carolina continues to lag nation in job creation and is moving in the wrong direction

Despite recent superficial improvement in North Carolina’s unemployment rate, persistent joblessness continues to plague the state’s workers and hinder the state’s recovery from the Great Recession. In recent years, North Carolina has consistently lagged the nation in reducing ...
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Must Reads Profiles in Corporate Tax Avoidance

Profiles in tax avoidance: Yum! Brands

When Thanksgiving rolls around, no one wants to watch someone else eat all the turkey and then have to pick up the grocery bill all by oneself. But that’s what’s happening in our nation’s budget debate — highly ...
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Must Reads Profiles in Corporate Tax Avoidance

Profiles in tax avoidance: IBM

As Congress debates the federal budget, it is critically important to raise new revenues that can support our nation’s long-term economic recovery. One excellent source of new revenues involves the billions of dollars in corporate tax loopholes, deductions, ...
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New tax plan likely to spur property and sales tax hikes

Yesterday, the North Carolina Senate’s chief tax writing committee approved the third different major tax reform proposal put forth by state legislative leaders this year. It is, by any measure, an historically unprecedented $1 billion-a-year tax cut that ...
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