Monday numbers


(The items cited in this edition of Monday numbers are all from “BTC reports: North Carolina’s Greatest Challenge – Widespread Struggles Remain a Grave Threat to Economic Growth and Us All,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, April 2015) 14.3—percentage of North Carolinians living in poverty in 2007 17.9—percentage of North Carolinians living in [Continue Reading…]

The Follies


Behind the spin on House education budget The spin surrounding the largely disappointing House budget is ramping up as the weekend approaches even though many of the major details of the spending plan—salaries, tax changes, etc. — won’t be released until Monday. Many of the headlines about the budget focus on the increased [Continue Reading…]

Monday numbers


61—percentage of graduates of 4-year colleges and universities in North Carolina in 2013 with student loan debt (Institute for College Access & Success, Project on Student Debt) 51—percentage of graduates of 4-year colleges and universities in North Carolina in 2004 with student loan debt (Ibid) 24—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states [Continue Reading…]

Monday numbers


5—number of days since Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed legislation that expanded Medicaid in his state (“Montana Gov signs Medicaid expansion into law,” Associated Press, April 29, 2015) 30—number of states, including the District of Columbia, that have now expanded Medicaid under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“Factsheet: Expanding Medicaid in North [Continue Reading…]