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North Carolina’s incredible shrinking state budget

Short-changing public investments is no way to grow a state

[Editor’s note: North Carolina’s conservative elected leaders have changed their tune in recent months. After railing for years about “runaway spending” and having slashed state budget appropriations in virtually every area of government service, this year – an important election year – officials have suddenly started bragging about teacher pay raises and other efforts to boost essential services like mental health programs.

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More ill-conceived tax cuts and MIA investments: Why the House budget proposal comes up short

The $22.225 billion budget proposal that the state House of Representatives released for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year reflects the limited aspirations for North Carolina that the House and Senate leadership have agreed on. Legislative leadership used a flawed formula to set a low budget target — even lower than the Governor’s $22.33 billion proposal — that has no basis in economic realities or community needs and leaves $127.4 million on the table unspent.

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Missed Opportunities: Investments that are MIA in Governor McCrory’s budget

Deep tax cuts are preventing Gov. McCrory from proposing a bold, visionary state budget for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year. The 2013 and 2015 tax cuts are draining more than $1 billion in revenues annually, squeezing out much-needed ...
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Yet another study confirms the huge benefits of investing in early childhood education

  On Tuesday of this week, early education workers and thought leaders joined together at the North Carolina Child Care Coalition’s annual Early Education Forum in Raleigh. Among their top objectives: to discuss some of the ways to ...
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If NC is going to cut off food aid, the least it can do is provide job training opportunities

Some of North Carolina’s poorest adults, who are already living on the edge, will lose food assistance this year. The reason: the return of a callous time limit on food benefits for nondisabled, childless adults who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).

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North Carolina’s hunger problem: Set to get worse just in time for the holidays

As many of us plan and prepare for family gatherings and celebratory meals in the upcoming holiday season, here’s a startling and disturbing fact to consider: Only a handful of U.S. states have higher hunger rates than North ...
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Tax cuts trump fairness, public investments in budget deal

Yesterday, state legislative leaders unveiled a joint budget deal that again puts North Carolina on the wrong track by pursuing deeper tax cuts at the expense of strengthening public education, public health and safety, and the other building ...
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Putting a price tag on our state’s future

Opportunity for the next generation of Tar Heels. Safe neighborhoods. Economic security for families. Dignity for our retired parents and grandparents. It seems impossible to put a price tag on these basic goals that we all share for ...
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State lawmakers continue to Ignore North Carolina’s greatest challenge

Business at North Carolina’s statehouse is in full swing. During the “crossover week,” lawmakers were burning the midnight oil to push their priority bills through to the next stage of the legislative process. Unfortunately, what’s missing from these ...
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Governor McCrory’s flat budget proposal ignores research and reality

Well-functioning public systems beget economic growth and prosperity. Research and the lived experience of North Carolinians prove it. Decades ago the Old North State diverged from its southern neighbors and opted to invest in public structures like good ...
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