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Progressive Voices

Past GOP presidents offer a path to follow

I admit it: the President is a socialist. Who but a socialist would offer this defense of government programs? ...
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Second chances build safer communities

North Carolina can learn a lot from prison in northern Thailand. I know I did.

Just over a year ago, Gov. Beverly Perdue established a new task force to study the barriers those coming out of the prison system face – and to make policy recommendations for better re-integrating those people into society.

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Progressive Voices

GOP, Dems can agree: taxes are historically low

Finally, here's something Republicans and Democrats can agree on: taxes are shockingly low. Wait, you thought I was talking about today's Republicans and Democrats? Sadly, no: I'm referring to people across the ideological spectrum throughout most of the past 100 years. ...
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Keep the estate tax to create jobs and prosperity

What if there was a way to create jobs for North Carolina's working families now -- and help everyone from kindergartners to adults changing careers get a high-quality education at the same time? ...
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Keep North Carolina on the road to recovery: support state fiscal relief

North Carolina is strongest when our vital public structures are strongest. Those public institutions - high-quality schools for our children, the public safety officers that protect us, and well-maintained transportation infrastructure - provide the fuel for a thriving economy. ...
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Must Reads Policy Watch Investigates

Employee Free Choice Act is a critical step to help North Carolina workers

North Carolina's unionized workers earn better pay and benefits than non-union counterparts; the Employee Free Choice Act would help workers organize North Carolina's low unionization rate partially explains the state's dismal standing in pay and benefits for working ...
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State budget drops to lowest level in 13 years after accounting for inflation and population changes

A study of North Carolina's General Fund reveals the deep impact of the recession on tax revenues. North Carolina government spending per person has fallen to its lowest rate in 13 years, a report released today finds. This ...
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Claims that state tax increases cause job loss are unfounded, report says

Raising revenue preserves jobs, keeping North Carolina on equal footing with peer states Far from costing jobs, the tax increases passed by North Carolina's legislature are likely to forestall job losses in both the private and public sectors, ...
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NC House’s Budget Makes Tough Decisions but Preserves Vital Services

NC Budget & Tax Center analysis shows that for every one dollar in additional taxes in the House budget, there are three dollars in spending reductions Members of the NC House of Representatives have proposed some painful cuts ...
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New Report: Most states are raising revenue to protect public investments

The vast majority of states facing budget gaps comparable to North Carolina's are raising revenues to protect their economies, a new report finds. In fact, not a single state with a budget gap that size is adopting a ...
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