Growth without prosperity


North Carolina’s defining economic challenges remain unaddressed Fist-pumping and back-patting are all the rage in Raleigh these days. Some economists are talking about North Carolina’s economy hitting a sweet-spot and elected leaders are running out of ways to take credit for the good news. It’s certainly true that the worst of the Great [Continue Reading…]

Governor McCrory’s flat budget proposal ignores research and reality


Well-functioning public systems beget economic growth and prosperity. Research and the lived experience of North Carolinians prove it. Decades ago the Old North State diverged from its southern neighbors and opted to invest in public structures like good roads, health care, public schools and universities, and early childhood programs. North Carolina leapt ahead [Continue Reading…]