Monday numbers


(The items in this edition of Monday numbers are from the report  “What’s the Harm? Plenty. Unemployment Insurance Changes Threaten the State’s Economy and Hurt the Unemployed” by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center, published in July of 2014) 14—maximum number of weeks laid off workers in North Carolina can receive unemployment insurance [Continue Reading...]

The Follies


It’s about McCrory, not the poet North Carolina’s embattled poet laureate resigned Thursday after a weeklong controversy about her qualifications and the procedure followed to make her appointment. That’s not exactly an everyday occurrence in North Carolina, a dustup about the state’s top poet position making headlines. But it is not really about [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


233.2 million—amount in dollars that the Senate budget cuts funding for teacher assistants for 2014-2015 school year. (“Senate budget deals with self-imposed budget challenge by eviscerating TAs and critical areas of health and human services,” Progressive Pulse, May 29, 2014) 7,400—number of teacher assistants positions affected by the funding cuts in the Senate [Continue Reading...]