Monday numbers


31,359—number of children on the waiting list for a child care subsidy in North Carolina as of May 2015 (Prosperity Watch Issue 50, No. 4: Child care subsidies crucial to financial well-being of low income families, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, June 23, 2015) 3—rank of North Carolina among the states with the [Continue Reading…]

Monday numbers


652 million—amount in dollars in reduction of state revenues over the next two years in the House budget thanks to corporate income tax cuts and various tax breaks for selected industries/activities. (Comparison chart: House budget reinvests more than the Senate budget but both plans fail to fully restore previous cut, N.C. Budget & [Continue Reading…]

The Follies


Unexpected victory for voting rights The Senate budget might not have been the most important story of the week, as absurd and regressive as it was. We sort of knew that was coming. What was unexpected was the House and Senate both passing legislation just before heading home for the weekend that modifies [Continue Reading…]

Monday numbers


30,000—minimum reduction in voter turnout in the 2014 election caused by new voting limitations and polling-place problems (“Alarm Bells from Silenced Voters,” Democracy North Carolina, May 2015) 6.6 million—number of registered voters in North Carolina (Ibid) 44.4—percentage of registered voters who cast ballots in the 2014 general election (Ibid) 43.7— percentage of registered [Continue Reading…]

Monday numbers


270—number of days since half-brothers Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, both mentally disabled, were freed from prison on September 4, 2014 after serving 30 years behind bars for a rape and murder they did not commit (“Half-brothers to go free after convictions overturned in 1983 murder,” WRAL-TV, September 2, 2014) 30—number of his 30 [Continue Reading…]