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NC Policy Watch presents a special Crucial Conversation luncheon: Prof. Bryant Simon discusses his new book, “The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government and Cheap Lives”

For those too young or too new to North Carolina to remember, the horrific 1991 chicken plant fire at imperial Foods in Hamlet, North Carolina killed 25 workers and injured another 55. Workers were unable to escape the blaze because the plant’s owner, Emmett J. Roe, kept the doors padlocked and the windows boarded because he thought his low-wage workers might steal chicken.

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New national survey results: Program for immigrants arriving as children “unreservedly good” for U.S. economy and overall society

Editor’s note: Recently, there have been strong and troubling indications that the Trump administration may act soon to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly referred to as “DACA.” The DACA program has provided protection from deportation and the ability to work and attend school for more than 800,000 young people, including approximately 28,000 in North Carolina. In response to the prospect of such a cruel and inhumane act, an array of divergent groups is speaking out in loud opposition.

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New report identifies an obvious and long-neglected way to boost the NC economy

A new report on Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) in North Carolina – businesses owned by women and/or people of color – covers the barriers they face, how they have increased in number, and how they can help grow the economy in North Carolina. Businesses owned by individuals deemed to be historically disadvantaged

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Governor Cooper, civil rights advocates agree: It’s time for the monuments to come down and for North Carolinians to unite against racism

In the aftermath of last Saturday’s tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, large numbers of North Carolinians are finally waking up to the reality that their state is peppered with dozens of public monuments that honor and celebrate the confederate leaders who fought to permanently enshrine racism and preserve slavery in America.

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Crucial Conversation – The silver tsunami: What’s on the policy horizon for North Carolina’s seniors?

Please join us August 15 for a very special Crucial Conversation – The silver tsunami: What’s on the policy horizon for North Carolina’s seniors? In one of the brighter and under-reported developments of the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers took some important steps to secure consistent, quality care for seniors. Among the important accomplishments:

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A predatory model that can’t be fixed: Why banks should be kept from reentering the payday loan business

In the new Washington, D.C. of Donald Trump, many once-settled policies in the realm of consumer protection are now “back on the table” as predatory businesses push to take advantage of the president’s pro-corporate/anti-regulatory stances. A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending explains why one of the most troubling of these efforts – a proposal to allow banks to re-enter the inherently destructive business of making high-interest “payday” loans should be fought and rejected at all costs.

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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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