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Would you like some norovirus with that sandwich?

Why businesses, consumers and the economy all benefit when workers get paid sick leave My mother is the hardest-working person I know. When she was raising me as a single mom, she cut hair, worked at a frozen ...
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NC Policy Watch top stories of 2014: Another plea for common sense on gun violence

[Editor’s note: During the holidays, NC Policy Watch is taking a look back at 2014 by featuring some of our top news stories and commentaries from the past 12 months. We hope you will enjoy them and feel ...
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The kids are alright

Myths and realities about America’s rising generations I’ll get to the point: our younger generation is lazy, ungrateful and spoiled. When I was growing up, our country valued ideals like hard work and community service. These days it ...
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Another plea for common sense on gun violence

This week, another community in America was devastated by a school shooting. Perhaps the most devastating part of the story is that a tragedy of this nature, the senseless loss of young lives, has become a regular feature ...
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New poll finds broad support for good, quality jobs for all

The results show North Carolinians back living wage standards, minimum wages and paid sick leave across all political affiliations [Editor’s note: As the 2014 session of the North Carolina General Assembly lists slowly and painfully toward its conclusion, ...
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Budget debate offers legislators opportunity to change North Carolina’s direction

The Legislature’s upcoming budget debate offers an opportunity to change North Carolina’s direction and ensure a stronger recovery from the Great Recession by making critical investments in areas that support North Carolina families and communities, says a new ...
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Happy Holidays to the poor: More SNAP cuts loom as NC faces high rates of food hardship

Congress is currently poised to make even deeper cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), in addition to the cuts made in early November. These cuts arrive a time when North Carolina has the fifth highest level ...
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Report: Changes to GED test could create obstacles for low-income, low-skilled adults

On January 1, 2014, significant changes to the General Education Development (GED) test will take effect, potentially creating significant obstacles for low-income and low-skilled adults, according to a new report from the North Carolina Justice Center. After 70 ...
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Report: State’s reduced support for education jeopardizes gains in student performance

North Carolina’s state support for education and other public investments is below its 40-year average, jeopardizing gains in student performance and the state’s economic future, according to a new report from the North Carolina Justice Center. A renewed ...
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NC needs economic development strategy that increases household incomes, benefits all regions

North Carolina needs a 21st century approach to economic development that is focused on increasing household incomes and ensuring that all regions of the state are able to benefit from economic growth, according to a new report from ...
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