Monday numbers

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1—number of days until Tax Day 2014, the last time almost a million North Carolina families will be able to claim the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that state lawmakers have allowed to expire (“First in Flight from the EITC: Low-Income Working Families Bid Farewell to North Carolina’s Earned Income Tax Credit, [Continue Reading...]


The Follies

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McCrory “stepping on toes” is not the problem Governor Pat McCrory seems to think that every time people in Raleigh have questions about one of his proposals, it is because he is courageously “stepping on toes” of people in entrenched institutions who refuse to consider doing things differently. McCrory used the line in [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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765—number of voters who may have voted in North Carolina and in another state in the 2012 election, according to a report presented to a General Assembly committee last week based on information from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program (“NC election officials identify hundreds of cases of potential voter fraud,” News & [Continue Reading...]


The Follies

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More questions about ethics and new economic development nonprofit There are still many questions about Governor Pat McCrory’s plan to turn over the state’s economic development efforts to a private nonprofit, a strategy that has caused numerous problems in other states that have tried it. But McCrory’s Commerce officials are pushing ahead, despite [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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6 million—number of people who had signed up for health care nationwide under the Affordable Care Act as of March 27 (“Obamacare Enrollment May Hit Initial 7 Million Goal at Deadline,” Bloomberg News, March 31, 2014) 15—number of hours as of 9:00 a.m. March 31 until the initial enrollment period for the Affordable [Continue Reading...]


The Follies

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Legislative leaders not happy with Sec. Wos It looks like Republican legislative leaders have finally had enough of the McCrory Administration’s dysfunctional and scandal-plagued Department of Health and Human Services, judging by Secretary Aldona Wos’ appearance this week before the Government Operations Committee. Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown listed many of the problems [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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3—-number of days since Governor Pat McCrory said in Morganton that the decision in 2013 to slash unemployment benefits was the “one lone factor” responsible for the significant drop in the state’s unemployment rate (“McCrory discusses budget, education during small business tour,” Morgan News-Herald, March 22, 2014) 6.7—state unemployment rate in January 2014 [Continue Reading...]