The Follies


Rucho’s ridiculous Robin Hood in reverse redux Just when you think the leaders of the state Senate couldn’t be any more extreme or irresponsible, they come through with another absurd proposal. Senator Bob Rucho and two of his colleagues want to cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy by another billion dollars. That’s right, [Continue Reading…]

Growth without prosperity


North Carolina’s defining economic challenges remain unaddressed Fist-pumping and back-patting are all the rage in Raleigh these days. Some economists are talking about North Carolina’s economy hitting a sweet-spot and elected leaders are running out of ways to take credit for the good news. It’s certainly true that the worst of the Great [Continue Reading…]

Monday numbers


16—number of the members of the 32-member UNC Board of Governors elected by the state House and Senate last week to four-year terms (“Senate chooses 8 for UNC’s governing board, Goolsby and Fennebresque make cut” Progressive Pulse, March 18, 2015 and “N.C. House elects its slate of eight UNC Board of Governors, one [Continue Reading…]

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 roads, health care, public schools and universities, and early childhood programs. North Carolina leapt ahead [Continue Reading…]

Monday numbers


11.7 million—number of Americans who enrolled in 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services News Release, March 10, 2015) 8.84 million—number of Americans enrolled for coverage in states using the federal marketplace, (Ibid) 37—number of states, including North Carolina, that use [Continue Reading…]