Senator Valerie Foushee discusses Medicaid expansion, redistricting reform, education funding and student activism at the University of North Carolina.
Daniel Bowes, director of the Fair Chance-Criminal Justice Project at the North Carolina Justice Center, discusses the Senate’s passage of the Second Chance Act and other expungement legislation making its way through the NC legislature. Republicans and Democrats have come together to support this legislation in a rare move of bipartisanship. It’s estimated more than two million North Carolinians have a criminal record.
Moises Serrano and William Saenz of El Pueblo discuss anti-immigrant legislation (HB 370) that would force local sheriffs to comply with federal ICE agents in detaining and arresting undocumented residents. The two also discuss this week’s UnDOCUgraduation ceremony.
Grady McCallie of the NC Conversation Network discusses ‘forever chemicals’ and the growing list of environmental threats that confront our state. Be sure to check out the organization’s new report North Carolina: State of the Environment.
More than 2 million North Carolina residents, including nearly half a million children, live in communities underserved by grocery stores. Morgan Wittman Gramann, director of the North Carolina Alliance for Health discusses food deserts and “Supporting Healthy Food Access in North Carolina.”
Michelle Laws (L) and Deby Dihoff (R) of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-NC) discuss our state’s daunting mental health needs and some initiatives policymakers ought to be making a priority.
NC Budget & Tax Center public policy analyst Brian Kennedy on the 2019 Living Income Standard and what it really takes to escape poverty in North Carolina.
Kelly Tornow of the Center for Responsible Lending discusses a new study on the shortcoming of for-profit colleges and the debt-load those students face versus those who attend traditional public four-year institutions. Learn more about the failings of for-profit colleges.
Common Cause of North Carolina executive director Bob Phillips talks political corruption, voting rights and gerrymandering reform.
National health policy expert Adam Searing on why it’s long past time for North Carolina to join the majority of states and close the Medicaid coverage GAP. Searing with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families also discusses President Trump’s latest promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.