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...]

Monday numbers


1—number of days left for victims of North Carolina’s eugenics program to apply for compensation—deadline is June 30 (“Deadline looms for eugenics compensation fund, WRAL-TV, June 27, 2014) 85—number of years since the eugenics program began involuntary sterilizing North Carolina citizens in 1929 (N.C. Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims) 40—number of years [Continue Reading...]

The Follies


The long “short short” session When the summer session of the General Assembly convened in early May, House and Senate leaders promised a brief and focused session that some thought might even end before the men’s U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst that began the second week in June. House Speaker Thom Tillis [Continue Reading...]

The Follies


A subpoena for the State Budget Director? The negotiations between House and Senate leaders trying to reach a final budget agreement don’t seem to be going very well as the week comes to an end. The News & Observer reports that State Budget Director Art Pope declined to appear at a Senate meeting [Continue Reading...]

The predictable push to expand unaccountable voucher scheme


State lawmakers created a school voucher scheme in 2013 as part of the state budget, setting up “opportunity scholarships” of $4,200 that 2,400 children from low-income families could use to pay for tuition at completely unaccountable private or religious schools. Some of the supporters of allowing public dollars to pay for private education [Continue Reading...]