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Editor’s note: The following list was compiled by experts at the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters and first appeared in the year-end edition of the group’s Weekly Conservation Bulletin. You can see all past issues and subscribe ...
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[Editor’s note: During the holidays, NC Policy Watch is taking a look back at 2015 by featuring some of our top news stories and commentaries from the past 12 months. Today we feature ten of John Cole’s best ...
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[Editor’s note: The following report was jointly created by First Focus and NC Child. Click here to view the report in its original PDF format.] How Does North Carolina ‘s HB 318 Impact Children? On October 28, 2015, North ...
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[Editor’s note: As in years past, the fiscal policy experts at the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center have been kind enough to share some suggested talking points for those who may find themselves engaged in dinner table ...
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When public sector workers can afford the basics, cities and local governments prosper Raising wages for municipal and county employees lets workers afford the basics, boosts the economy, and helps local governments balance their budgets, a new report ...
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How the rapid growth in temp jobs poses a grave threat to worker wellbeing (and what can be done about it) The American economy has witnessed an explosive growth in “contingent” work over the past 30 years. What’s ...
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[Editor’s note: This article originally appeared at Coastal Review Online a newsletter of the North Carolina Coastal Federation.]   At about 1,000 pounds and 10 feet long, the West Indian manatee, its muzzle quilled with stiff whiskers, uses its ...
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Open letter spells out destructive impact of so-called “regulatory reforms” Recently, leaders of the North Carolina environmental advocacy community delivered the following open letter to Governor Pat McCrory asking that he veto House Bill 765 – a proposal ...
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Just after the General Assembly finalized a state budget and adjourned– following hot debates over where to invest state resources to grow the economy– the U.S. Census Bureau released data that show North Carolina families are economically stuck and more ...
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Skyrocketing costs, lack of public investments leave thousands of families in an impossible situation As families increasingly rely on both parents to work in order to make ends meet, child care is ever more important for promoting healthy ...
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New budget leaves state ill-equipped to promote prosperity or even meet basic needs   State lawmakers concluded their 2015 session this week with a flurry of activity on a host of important substantive and controversial issues. Indeed, there was ...
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Yesterday, state legislative leaders unveiled a joint budget deal that again puts North Carolina on the wrong track by pursuing deeper tax cuts at the expense of strengthening public education, public health and safety, and the other building ...
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New report paints a sobering picture of North Carolina’s post-Great Recession recovery The Great Recession of the last decade that battered the North Carolina economy and sent state tax revenues into a tailspin ended, officially at least, more ...
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Fair wages for home care workers improve continuity of care and strengthen the local economy Low wages for caregivers threaten the quality and consistency of in-home healthcare services provided to seniors, even as demand those services is expected ...
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Working parents and their children would receive significant help with health insurance coverage if North Carolina implements a plan to accept federal Medicaid funding set aside for North Carolina, according to a new report released today by the ...
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