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A balanced approach: Still best for our budget problems

The budget woes that confront both North Carolina and the nation are of our own making; they are the result of policy decisions or indecisions that led to a catastrophic economic downturn and our faltering economic recovery. Unfortunately, ...
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The road not taken

North Carolina has been at crossroads before. And at each of these moments, it was the collective effort of leaders and average North Carolinians that brought the state to a better outcome by forging a path to greater ...
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Taxes matter to North Carolina’s future

Now that you’ve filed your income taxes, it’s worthwhile to remember what you have pooled your resources to invest in—the public structures that keep us safe, promote healthy communities and provide opportunity for all. These structures serve as ...
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Meeting the higher education challenge

President Obama’s State of the Union address put forth a challenge to the nation to improve the education and skill level of our workforce. Experts at a group known as the Lumina Foundation had previously established a relevant ...
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Our next great infrastructure project

The year 2009 brought one of the largest increases in national poverty on record. The number of poor people in the country has grown by 3.7 million since 2008. ...
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A serious setback for N.C.’s recovery

As measured by Gross Domestic Product growth alone, the recovery began nearly 10 months ago - but tell that to the more than 470,000 North Carolinians still without work. Tell the policymakers struggling to balance a budget in the face of declining revenue and you are likely to get a chuckle. ...
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Report: Unmet Financial Need

Enrollment in North Carolina’s community college curriculum programs that lead to a certificate, diploma or associate’s degree has skyrocketed by more than 33 percent since 2000, and growth in enrollment in all programs has increased by 14 percent just since 2007. But almost half of students fail to complete their educational programs due to financial hardship. ...
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BTC REPORTS: North Carolina Jobs Plan

Connecting Working Families to Economic Opportunity Now

The current recession has pushed more than half a million members of the state’s labor force out of work and paralyzed the expansion of business and growth in job opportunities.

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North Carolina needs the Local Jobs For America Act

As of January 2010, there were more than five unemployed workers per job opening nationally. In order to get Americans back to work, Rep. George Miller (D-CA) has introduced the Local Jobs for America Act, which would authorize $100 billion over three years to preserve jobs in state and local government and create jobs in the public and nonprofit sectors to meet essential community needs. ...
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N.C. Children Face Ongoing Food Hardship

The epidemic of childhood obesity has recently found a prominent place in our national conversation, bolstered no doubt by the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, and the “Food Revolution” promoted by crusading British chef Jamie Oliver. Yet, as our nation contemplates the perils of abundance, it is easy to forget that many of our kids aren't eating enough. ...
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