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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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New report card: Healthy children come from healthy families

When it comes to a child’s health, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Data from the 2016 Child Health Report Card, published by NC Child and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM), show critical links between a child’s health and that of her parents, which is why investments in parents’ health yield big returns for children.

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The top 10 environmental stories of 2015

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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NC Policy Watch’s Top 10 Cartoons of 2015

[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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NC’s new immigrant ID law: Harming innocent kids?

[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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Thanksgiving talking points on taxes and the economy

[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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New report: Raising public employee wages helps balance budgets and boost the economy

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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New report: Our increasingly disposable workforce

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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