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…]

Making the guarantee of Roe v. Wade a reality for all


Thursday January 22 is the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the Court established that the constitutional right to privacy encompasses the right to choose whether to end a pregnancy. Each year around the anniversary of the Roe, we reflect on how the decision dramatically [Continue Reading…]

Virtual charter schools recommended in spite of serious academic and financial questions


Despite major concerns and numerous unanswered questions, a special committee appointed by the State Board of Education recently recommended approval of both applicants seeking to create virtual charter schools in North Carolina. While the concept of introducing more technology into classrooms is almost universally lauded, virtual charter schools are a relatively new concept in [Continue Reading…]

NC Policy Watch top stories of 2014: It’s workers who are actually paying down NC’s unemployment insurance debt


[Editor’s note: During the holidays, NC Policy Watch is taking a look back at 2014 by featuring some of our top news stories and commentaries from the past 12 months. We hope you will enjoy them and feel inspired to participate in the state policy debate in 2015.] North Carolina’s unemployment insurance debt [Continue Reading…]

The 2014 elections: A look at what happened and what might have been


North Carolina’s new U.S. senator-in-waiting, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, had what appears to have been the closest scrape among winning Republican Senate candidates in last month’s election. Tillis defeated first-term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan by 45,608 votes out of a total of 2,800,910 votes that were cast, according to the State Board [Continue Reading…]