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Report: NC’s Funding for Schools Much Lower Than Before Recession

North Carolina has made extensive cuts to school funding since the start of the recession.  These unnecessary cuts deepened the recession, slowed the recovery, and will make North Carolina less prosperous in the future. North Carolina has cut ...
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Report: Lagging recovery highlights importance of quality job creation, investing in workers

North Carolina continues to struggle to create jobs and grow the economy in a way that will improve the lives of working families in the state, according to a report released this morning. In order to turn things ...
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NC’s final tax plan falls far short of true tax reform

The tax plan recently signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory falls far short of true tax reform, according to a new report from the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center. The ...
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Two-year budget will hamper state’s full recovery from Great Recession

The recently enacted state budget falls far short of what is needed for our state’s children, working families, and communities, according to a new report from the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice ...
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Report: House tax plan gives wealthy tax breaks, shifts load to middle-, low-income taxpayers

North Carolina’s tax shift saga continues with the House’s new tax plan, which increases the tax load on middle- and low-income tax payers while providing tax cuts for the wealthy a profitable, a new report finds. The new ...
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Scarlet Letter licenses? Give me one, too.

                Dear Mr. Tata, Please consider this letter my application for a driver’s license. Yes, I already have a North Carolina driver’s license. But if current policy remains unchanged, I will ...
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Bank of America’s new fees mean consumers should flee

Editor’s note: Tuesday afternoon Bank of America issued a press release saying that after “listening to our customers very closely” it no longer intends to implement a debit usage fee. I have been a Bank of America customer ...
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Leave health choices between patients and doctors

It had been a rough time for my family even before the doctor gave me the final diagnosis. The news wasn’t good: the health problems I’d been experiencing had a painful solution. I needed a vasectomy immediately, or ...
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To create jobs, start by not eliminating jobs

With unemployment near 10 percent, it’s hard to believe anyone would say North Carolina needs fewer jobs. But that’s exactly what voices on the right continue to argue. The most recent example is state GOP chairman Robin Hayes. ...
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When people lose their homes, we all lose

Home: it's the place where, as Robert Frost wrote, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. A record number of North Carolinians lost that place last year. Foreclosures reached an all-time high, and ...
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