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Here are a couple of facts that haven’t made it into many of the heated political debates being held around the country and in North Carolina this election season. A new report from the Center for Disease Control ...
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270,000—number of unemployed workers in North Carolina (“Coming up Short: Lawmakers’ Top Shortcomings for Reducing Economic Hardship in 2015, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, December 2015) 23,000—number of laid off workers in North Carolina who receive unemployment benefits ...
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Lt. Gov. Dan Forest seems to want to have it both ways on the state’s stigmatizing A-F grading system for public schools. The News & Observer reported that Forest’s recent appearance before the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce was ...
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Senate leaders are relying on an offensive but familiar talking point in their latest flap with the N.C. Public Instruction—which appears to be more of a publicity stunt than a serious complaint. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger ...
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The public rationale for many of the efforts to dismantle traditional public education with various privatization schemes almost always includes the claim that it is all about helping students do better, most often low-income and minority kids. Supporters ...
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(The items in this edition of Monday numbers are from “Tax Cuts Hurt Education for All: Limit Support to Foundations of Economic Opportunity,” a report published by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center in January) 841.8 million—amount in ...
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Speaker Moore rules out teacher pay raise costing less than last year’s tax cut State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson made headlines this week by calling for a ten percent raise for all teachers in her appearance ...
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It’s not very often that a governor issues a press release touting the benefits of a new economic development project his administration has negotiated and then two weeks later says the project is no longer viable, but that’s ...
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              Governor Pat McCrory is garnering praise these days for the recommendations to improve mental health services being considered by a task force he created—and he deserves it. McCrory has spoken out ...
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27—number of states and the District of Columbia that currently have their own state version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit that helps low-wage workers (“States Can Adopt or Expand Earned Income Tax Credits to Build a ...
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The tepid Carolina Comeback behind the GOP talking points Lt. Governor Dan Forest was in Morehead City recently speaking to the Republican Party faithful and bragging about the so called Carolina Comeback that is a staple of GOP ...
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If you want to cut through the election-year spin about what the folks currently in charge in Raleigh have done to public education in the state in the last few years, a publication released this week by the ...
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Another state expands Medicaid while McCrory does nothing One of the more underreported stories of this week came from Louisiana where new Governor Jon Bel Edwards signed an executive order expanding Medicaid in his state, providing health care ...
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Celebrations and ceremonies will be held across the state this weekend to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday is the official state holiday set aside to honor King’s life and accomplishments. That means politicians ...
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The lottery has been in the news nonstop for the last couple of weeks as the Powerball jackpot rose to almost $1.5 billion. There have been interviews with people buying tickets and quotes from store clerks selling them ...
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