NC Policy Watch top stories of 2014: Why the 2015 state budget undermines North Carolina’s competitiveness


[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.] State investments in education, health care, [Continue Reading…]

Numbers you should know about Obamacare in NC

Medicaid gap

New fact sheet: “The Affordable Care Act is working in North Carolina”   [Editor’s note: Health policy experts at the Washington, DC-based Center for American Progress released the following very encouraging, numbers-driven fact sheet today about the growing success of the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina and its brightening prospects in the [Continue Reading…]

Update: Why the 2015 state budget undermines North Carolina’s competitiveness


State investments in education, health care, infrastructure and other priorities are essential for economic opportunity and quality of life. Yet, North Carolina’s 2015 state budget is unsustainable and inadequate. It undermines North Carolina’s economic competitiveness by not meeting the needs of North Carolina families and communities. This will continue to be a problem [Continue Reading…]

New poll finds broad support for good, quality jobs for all


The results show North Carolinians back living wage standards, minimum wages and paid sick leave across all political affiliations [Editor’s note: As the 2014 session of the North Carolina General Assembly lists slowly and painfully toward its conclusion, many important subjects remain unaddressed or still in dispute. Unfortunately, one area in which legislative [Continue Reading…]

The Follies


If you’re a regular NC Policy Watch reader, you’ve probably noticed by now that the Fitzsimon File has been on vacation this week. That’s because the state’s hardest working and best informed political observer/commentator has been too. Unfortunately for the folks at the North Carolina General Assembly, however, they appear to have missed [Continue Reading…]

Monday coal ash numbers


156—number of days since a massive coal ash spill commenced at an abandoned Duke Energy power plant near Eden and contaminated the Dan River with toxic coal ash Approximately 39,000—amount of coal ash (in tons) that spilled into the river (Duke Energy revised estimate – original estimate placed the figure between 50,000 and [Continue Reading…]

Caregivers at risk


New report documents the urgent need for fair pay and paid leave for those who care for our aging population Direct care workers such as home health aides and unpaid caregivers (usually family members) are the foundation of long-term care in North Carolina’s homes and communities. Unfortunately, the state lacks supportive workplace policies [Continue Reading…]

The real and underreported problem with NC’s business incentives program


As state lawmakers return to Raleigh this week, business incentives (and especially incentives provided to the film industry) will again be a subject of significant discussion. Lawmakers will debate whether they really create jobs and whether they’re worth the expense. Unfortunately, one aspect of the business incentives debate that continues to get far [Continue Reading…]