NC’s treatment of young offenders guarantees failure as adults

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A coalition of education advocates recently filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the discriminatory disciplinary practices of the Wake County Public School System. The complaint is part of an effort to dismantle a “school-to-prison pipeline” in which transgressions traditionally resolved in principals’ offices are now adjudicated in [Continue Reading...]


Don’t kid yourself: Climate change is already harming North Carolina

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The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted the hard but undeniable reality that the planet has already started to feel tangible and serious impacts of global warming. Unfortunately, here in the United States, popular discussions about the real and potential effects of climate change all [Continue Reading...]


Growing momentum of Affordable Care Act shines spotlight on NC’s failure to expand Medicaid

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With the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment deadline now upon us; there are two overarching conclusions to be drawn about the health care reform law and its impact here in North Carolina. Conclusion Number One is that the law has been a remarkable success. Notwithstanding its initial website problems and all of the roadblocks [Continue Reading...]


Public policies undermine the ability of average North Carolinians to pay the rent

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These days, with the weak and lopsided economic recovery, one has to seriously question the status of the American Dream. Is the traditional American belief that “hard work will pay off” just another fairy tale that we’re taught at a young age? Sadly, for far too many North Carolinians trapped in the booming low-wage labor [Continue Reading...]


Close to one million North Carolinians will claim state Earned Income Tax Credit for last time this tax season

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Unless lawmakers reverse course, nearly one million North Carolina families will claim the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for the last time this tax season—one year after Gov. McCrory signed a bill ending the tax credit, according to a new report from the NC Budget and Tax Center. In 2013, North Carolina [Continue Reading...]


Still the pits: Why cherry-picked jobs data are not a true reflection of NC economy

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Over the past few months, Governor McCrory has been claiming his policies—especially cutting unemployment benefits—are responsible for reducing the state’s unemployment rate. He’s even branded this the “Carolina Comeback.” But as it turns out, the Governor’s claims largely rest on treating jobs numbers like fruit—like apples, oranges, and cherries. In fact, the evidence [Continue Reading...]


Election Law’s Racial Twist

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It’s easy to imagine the response from legislative leaders to a new scholarly look at the impacts of North Carolina’s recent election law changes: “Get over it!” Those same Republican legislators would be hard-pressed to argue that the changes won’t hold down vote totals among people who these days tend to vote Democratic. [Continue Reading...]