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The Senate budget proposal: A guide to the big picture and the details

The North Carolina Senate is expected to give final approval to its proposed 2017-19 state budget some time very late tonight or early tomorrow. While many details contained in the 361 page bill and the 499 page spending report that accompanies it will not come to light for many days, NC Policy Watch reporters and policy analysts at the NC Budget and Tax Center have been doing their utmost to quickly digest and summarize the proposal.

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What you need to know as the state Senate moves to cut taxes yet again

The North Carolina Senate is moving ahead yet again – perhaps as early as this afternoon – with a new proposal to further reduce state taxes and the revenues they generate to fund essential public structures and services. While the plan is billed as “a billion dollar middle class tax cut,” a closer look at the data reveals that this is an inaccurate and misleading label. As is demonstrated in the essays below, not only does the plan include yet another round of unnecessary and illogical tax cuts for profitable businesses, most of the tax cuts targeting individuals would actually flow to the wealthy. We invite you to read and share these two essays widely.

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New data document the many perils of Trumpcare for North Carolina

This Thursday, March 23, marks the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) -- the landmark federal law that secured and guaranteed health insurance for millions of previously uninsured Americans and saved tens of thousands of lives. Unfortunately however, Thursday is also the day on which leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives currently plan to vote on a “replacement” for the ACA that they have dubbed the “American Health Care Act” and that many outside of Washington have come to refer to as “Trumpcare.”

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Trump and North Carolina

In dozens of vitally important areas, policy decisions of the Trump administration are dramatically affecting and altering the lives of North Carolinians. This growing collection of stories summarizes and critiques many of the most important decisions and their ...
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Jan. 18 Crucial Conversation — What is the true state of the economy and how do we make it work for everyone?

NC Policy Watch presents our first Crucial Conversation luncheon of 2017: What is the true state of the economy and how do we make it work for everyone? Featuring special guest, Dr. William Spriggs, Chief Economist for the national AFL-CIO. Register below As new administrations take office in Washington and Raleigh, there is much debate about the true state of the national and North Carolina economies. While many regions and population subgroups are experiencing good times, large segments of our state and nation continue to fall further and further behind.

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Policy Watch’s comprehensive coverage of HB2

The struggle continues over a compromise to repeal the controversial HB2, North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBTQ law. NC Policy Watch Sponsored NC Policy Watch Organization 20,807 people like this. ...
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A simple Thanksgiving week policy objective Make sure North Carolinians have access to food

When North Carolinians are able to purchase and eat healthy and nutritious food, they fuel active and healthy lifestyles, stay engaged at work and school, and boost the economy through their grocery shopping. Every night, almost 630,000 North Carolina households don’t have enough to eat. North Carolina has the 8th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. Homes that have low food security often must make tough choices about the amount and quality of food they are able to provide their families. Homes that are considered to have “very low” food security often miss meals. According to the USDA, in the past year more than 90 percent of these families worried that food would run out; nearly 80 percent could not afford a balanced meal; and individuals in 96 percent of homes with very low food security skipped meals in order to make food last longer.

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