Monday numbers


19.4—the unemployment rate of North Carolinians ages 16-24 in 2013 (Prosperity Watch Issue 41, No. 2: Young North Carolinians enter a challenging labor market, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, September 2014) 10.3—the unemployment rate of North Carolinians ages 16-24 in 2007 (Ibid) 7.9—the unemployment for North Carolinians overall in 2013 (Ibid) 11—the percentage [Continue Reading...]

The Follies


McCrory praises Wos’ brilliance Long-embattled DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos was on the hot seat again this week, facing questions from state lawmakers about a no-bid $6.8 million contract she awarded to an out of state firm to manage the finances of the Medicaid program. Wos’ response was telling. She told a legislative oversight [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


7.25—amount in dollars of the current federal minimum wage (U.S. Department of Labor) 10.90—amount in dollars the federal minimum wage would be if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years (Raise the Minimum Wage, a project of the National Employment Law Project) 8—number of months since President Obama called in the [Continue Reading...]

Tuesday numbers


(All the items in this edition of Tuesday numbers come from “North Carolina’s Tomorrow: Seeking Good, Quality Jobs to Build an Economy that Works for All. State of Working North Carolina 2014, by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center, September 1, 2014) 260,000—number of working families in North Carolina who live in poverty [Continue Reading...]

Voucher scheme is not about helping low-income children


After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy unaccountable private school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a single talking point, that somehow the judge had “trapped underprivileged children in failing schools.” The claim may be offensive [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


71—number of days until November general election (N.C. State Board of Elections) 153—number of sitting state legislators running for the General Assembly again in November (“State Legislators Pile Up $8 Million for Campaigns; Incumbent Advantage Will Grow with PACs’ “Gratitude Money,” Democracy North Carolina, August 18, 2014) 74—number of legislators seeking reelection facing [Continue Reading...]

Monday numbers


24—number of states including North Carolina that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (“What Is the Result of States Not Expanding Medicaid?,” Urban Institute and Robert Wood Foundation, August 2014) 6.7 million—number of residents of the 24 states that will remain uninsured in 2017 as a result of the decision [Continue Reading...]