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Report: Hurricane Florence revealed big shortcomings in how NC aids people with disabilities during natural disasters

A report, issued by Disability Rights North Carolina provides strong evidence that federal, state and local emergency management officials must take action to ensure the well-being of people with disabilities during natural disasters. Analyzing the response to Hurricane Florence, the report shows how public officials must do more to include the voices of people with disabilities and disability rights advocates as they plan for future emergencies and ensure their safety.

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Child advocacy group lays out policy agenda for 2019

North Carolina’s legislators are back at work for the 2019-2020 “long session.” While the state’s policy-makers and budget writers face a host of challenges, they also have a shot at making a real difference in the state’s long-term outlook. NC Child has identified five leading opportunities for lawmakers to remove obstacles to the success and well-being of North Carolina’s children.

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(SOLD OUT) December 6 Crucial Conversation: Prof. Gene Nichol discusses his new book

Gene Nichol has produced a vitally important new book summarizing his work in recent years to document the vexing poverty that continues to plague North Carolina - "The Faces of Poverty: Stories From Our Invisible Citizens (UNC Press, 2018).

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Report: General Assembly mandates are undermining judicial independence

A new report from Prof. Gene Nichol and Heather Hunt at the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund is shining a light on an important area in which the General Assembly has been repeatedly undermining the independence of the judiciary: the micromanagement of court fines and fees. The report is entitled “Forcing Judges to Criminalize Poverty: Eroding Judicial Independence in North Carolina” and in it, authors Gene Nichol and Heather Hunt build on their past research efforts regarding the burdensome nature of court fines and fees for poor people.

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Still haven’t voted? Read this refresher before heading to the polls

North Carolinians have until 7:30 p.m. this evening to vote in a contentious midterm election in which voters will decide, among other things, the fate of several controversial constitutional amendments. While more than two million voters already cast their ballots early, there are still five million more who have a chance to study up on the election and make their voice heard.

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SPECIAL REPORT: NC’s destructive disinvestment in public health

A 10-year review of public health spending shows that public health funding in North Carolina has not kept pace with the growing population. A new report from the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center gives a breakdown of how state investments in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have changed since 2008.

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An open letter from upper-income North Carolinians opposed to the tax cap amendment

We are high net worth North Carolinians — business owners, investors, and other wealthy individuals in the top 5% of income and/or wealth in the state. We are writing to express our deep concern regarding the impact of the proposed tax cap amendment on the future of our great state.

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New report documents North Carolina’s troubling role in the CIA’s rendition and torture program

In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government ushered in a large-scale program of secret detention and torture that relied significantly on the State of North Carolina. Six days after the attacks, President George W. Bush signed a covert memorandum...

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October 4 Crucial Conversion – NC’s deadliest policy failure (and how Virginia solved the problem)

Join us as we hear from one of the policy experts who helped make Virginia's Medicaid expansion a reality, Kenneth Gilliam of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis...

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