Monday numbers

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(This final 2014 edition of Monday numbers includes at least one number from each month of Monday numbers in the past year.) 15—number of days since three state historic tax credits will expire as part of tax changes made by the General Assembly in 2013 and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory (“Historic [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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5—number of years since the official economic recovery from the Great Recession began (“The Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget Undermines North Carolina’s Competitiveness,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, November 2014) 6.6—percentage that state budget investments remain below pre-recession levels (Ibid) 277 million—amount in dollars less the 2014-2015 budget spends on public schools than [Continue Reading…]


The Follies

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McCrory’s short memory about the length of campaigns It was just a month ago that Governor Pat McCrory complained in a post midterm election interview about the almost constant cycle of campaigning in politics these days, and told WRAL-TV that he hadn’t decided about running for reelection in 2016. “The campaign cycle of [Continue Reading…]


Medicaid expansion not “impossible” in North Carolina

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State Senator Ralph Hise has an odd definition of impossible. Hise said after a recent meeting of a legislative study committee meeting on Medicaid that expanding the program in North Carolina under the Affordable Care Act—which would provide health care for 500,000 currently uninsured low-income adults—would be impossible at this point. Twenty-seven states [Continue Reading…]


McCrory’s push for energy exploration leaves public drilling for the truth

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The administration of Governor Pat McCrory blatantly misled environmental groups, the media, and the public last month about a meeting on offshore drilling that included state and federal officials and oil industry groups. The administration announced a few weeks before the November 6th meeting in Raleigh that it would be closed to the [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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30—number of days until three state historic tax credits will expire as part of tax changes made by the General Assembly in 2013 and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory (“Historic tax credit sunset spurs jump in NC renovation proposals, News & Observer, November 29, 2014) 0—number of questions Senator Bob Rucho, [Continue Reading…]


Monday numbers

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6.3—unemployment rate in North Carolina for Oct. 2014 (Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Department of Commerce, October 2014) 1.3—percentage points that the October 2014 unemployment rate in North Carolina remains above the December 2007 unemployment rate (N.C. Budget & Tax Center BTC analysis of Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Labor and Economic Analysis Division, [Continue Reading…]


The Follies

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McCrory’s baffling reaction to Obama’s immigration policy Reaction continues to President Obama’s executive orders on immigration that will allow five million undocumented immigrants, most of them parents of children who are American citizens, to come out of the shadows and openly participate in our society without the fear of deportation. There will be [Continue Reading…]