Monday numbers

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513 million—amount in dollars of the original estimate of the cost of the 2013 tax plan in the 2014-2015 fiscal year (“2015 Budget Undermines North Carolina’s Competitiveness: It Is Unstainable, Inadequate, and Hampered by the Costly 2013 Tax Plan, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, September 2015) 704 million—amount in dollars of the revised [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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All the items in this edition of Monday numbers from the report “At What Cost? How Community Colleges that do not offer federal loans put students at risk,” published by the Institute for College Access and Success in July 2014) 53.1—percentage of North Carolina students attending college or universities who are enrolled in [Continue Reading...]


The Follies

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Wos watch continues in Raleigh Another week, another set of problems identified at the state Department of Health and Human Services. This time it is a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture questioning DHHS oversight of the state’s food stamp program. The letter cited problems in the state’s employment and training program, lack [Continue Reading...]


How long will being gay be a fireable offense in North Carolina?

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North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger made headlines recently for suggesting that firing people from their jobs solely because they are gay is one of the “freedoms we enjoy” as Americans. Pittenger’s startlingly offensive remarks came as supporters of a federal employment non-discrimination act that would protect gay workers on the job are trying [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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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

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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

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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...]