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March primary signals big problems for North Carolina voters

Citing findings from the March Primary, Democracy North Carolina has filed an amicus brief asking the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the lower court ruling and overturn NC’s 2013 voting law before the November General Election. ...
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Equality advocates to Charlotte City Council: Now is no time to back down

Today (May 20,2016), HRC, Equality North Carolina and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) sent a letter to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the seven City Council members who voted to advance city-wide LGBT non-discrimination protections on February 22, 2016. The letter comes amid reports of a possible deal on HB2 that could potentially involve repealing the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. The Councilmembers who voted in favor of these crucial protections were: Julie Eiselt, James Mitchell, Al Austin, Patsy Kinsey, John Autry, LaWana Mayfield and Vi Lyles.

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8—percentage by which inflation-adjusted U.S. median incomes fell between 1999 and 2014 (Pew Research Center “America’s Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas,” May 11, 2016) 61—percentage of Americans who were middle class in 1971 (Ibid.) 50—percentage in 2015 (Ibid.)

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Loss of federal funds from HB2 could eliminate 53,000 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages

New report finds rising economic cost to state from discrimination law North Carolina’s economy could suffer significant damage if House Bill 2 is not repealed and the federal government cuts off funding for key investments in education, job training, and public safety, a new report finds.

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Why is NC letting a handful of multimillionaires get away this?

New report: Simple tax law change could address inequality and bring in millions to fund core services

With North Carolina lawmakers currently struggling mightily to find the revenue necessary to provide public school teachers and state employees with meaningful raises and repair neglected and crumbling infrastructure, a new report from national fiscal policy experts has identified an obvious revenue source that would, if tapped, produce positive ripple effects throughout the state economy.

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HB2 FAQ’s

What you need to know about the substance of NC’s troubled discrimination law

On March 23, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly passed HB2, the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act,” which Governor McCrory signed later that same day. In the weeks since HB2 became law, the full scope of the discriminatory impacts permitted by the bill have become increasingly clear. At the same time, however, there remains significant confusion over what the new law means for North Carolinians. This fact sheet prepared by advocates at the Workers’ Rights Project of the North Carolina Justice Center provides answers to a number of frequently asked questions about HB2.

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Missed Opportunities: Investments that are MIA in Governor McCrory’s budget

Deep tax cuts are preventing Gov. McCrory from proposing a bold, visionary state budget for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year. The 2013 and 2015 tax cuts are draining more than $1 billion in revenues annually, squeezing out much-needed ...
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Today is Workers’ Memorial Day

Here’s why you should care and how you can participate Today, April 28, is Workers’ Memorial Day. If this is a day of remembrance that doesn’t ring a bell for you, you are, sadly, not alone. Here in ...
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Will the General Assembly double down once more on regressive tax policies?

New report shows why more of the same will just make things worse for average North Carolinians

With the 2016 session of the North Carolina General Assembly set to commence next week, one of the most important issues on the agenda of state lawmakers again this year is tax policy. Yesterday, at a news conference in which he previewed the upcoming session, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger indicated that lawmakers would continue to stick to the fiscal policy approaches of recent years and would also consider an additional across-the-board income tax cut for individual taxpayers by way of a hike in the standard deduction.

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Virginia transgender student wins: What it means

Attorneys for ACLU, Lambda Legal explain and respond to federal appeals court ruling

Yesterday marked another important day in the fast-developing national effort to secure equal rights for LGBT Americans. Here in North Carolina, the list of high profile critics and opponents of House Bill 2, the state’s controversial new law that governs restroom access, restricts employment discrimination lawsuits and bars local governments from adopting living wage ordinances, continued to mushroom.

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A hard truth about the NC economy: Economic reality for North Carolinians varies greatly depending on where one lives and works

The Budget & Tax Center’s county-by-county economic snapshots provide a quick-reference resource for journalists, local officials, service providers and citizens in all 100 counties throughout the state For years now, politicians, economists and advocates have debated the true ...
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Voting rights monitors report that NC’s new election rules posed big problems for thousands

While most North Carolina voters cast their ballots with relative ease, thousands of others faced serious problems because of the state’s election law changes, according to a voting-rights organization that coordinated the largest nonpartisan poll monitoring program in the state’s history on March 15.

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Equality advocates to lawmakers: Please don’t legislate in favor of hate and discrimination

A group of human and civil rights advocates gathered in front of the state Legislative Building this morning to plead with state lawmakers and Governor McCrory not to try and override the nondiscrimination ordinance adopted by the city of Charlotte.

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Changes in unemployment insurance are hurting North Carolina workers, communities

Mass layoffs will soon take place at facilities in Eden, Salisbury, Gaston, and Rowan, resulting in a significant test to an unemployment system that has already proven to be ineffective in serving jobless workers and their communities. Things ...
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Connect NC could help finance infrastructure, support public investments

New report finds state borrowing through Connect NC Bond Act could boost economy, create thousands of jobs

Voters in the North Carolina primary will have the chance to approve a state bond that could boost North Carolina’s economy in the short run and make the state more competitive for the long haul.

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