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Moral movies in Raleigh and Durham next week

From our NC Justice Center colleagues: Join us in Raleigh and Durham for FREE screenings of “Inequality for All” The North Carolina Moral Movies Film Series draws to a close this month with screenings of the acclaimed documentary Inequality for All. The film features Robert Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member – ...

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Somebody tell the Pope people about this

The market capitalism lovers at Forbes announced today for the fifth time in eight years that the Raleigh metro area is the nation’s best for business and careers. Here are the factors highlighted first in the story Fueling Raleigh’s consistent results are business costs that are 18% below the national average, and an adult population ...

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McCrory signs Common Core repeal bill into law

Gov. Pat McCrory, previously a Common Core supporter, signed a bill into law Tuesday that could set the stage for North Carolina to rid itself of the more rigorous academic standards—although he doesn’t quite see it that way. “It (the legislation) does not change any of North Carolina’s education standards,” McCrory said in a press ...

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Missing Workers Update: June 2014

With the release last month of the latest labor market figures, the Budget & Tax Center has updated as well its estimate of the number of missing workers in North Carolina’s labor market.  This measure estimates the number of workers who would be in the labor market, looking for work, if job opportunities were stronger.  ...

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McCrory signs on to this week’s most ridiculous development in the national immigration crisis

There is a lot of lousy stuff happening the world of immigration these days and, lord knows, the Obama administration deserves its share of the blame — mostly for its unfortunate kowtowing to the xenophobic right and its aggressive deportation of thousands of good people who pose no threat to our country. That said, there ...

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What today’s competing Obamacare rulings mean for North Carolina

The good folks over at Get Covered America, who have been working tirelessly and with great success to get hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians into affordable health insurance over the last several months despite the mean-spirited obstructionism of the state’s conservative political leadership, issued the following common sense response to today’s competing U.S. Court ...

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New Report: 26% of North Carolina’s children live in poverty

A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a sobering look at how children are faring in North Carolina. The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which looks at 16 separate factors, ranks our state 38th in overall economic well-being, 28th in education, and 32nd in health. The annual report concludes: ‘Although unemployment is ...

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Breaking: Fourth Circuit panel unanimously upholds Obamacare subsidies for all eligible purchasers

A unanimous panel of the Fourth Circuit in Richmond has upheld the availability of Affordable Care Act tax credits to health insurance purchasers on both state exchanges and the federal exchange. The decision in King v. Burwell comes just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a contrary ruling in Halbig v. Burwell. Writing ...

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Breaking: Healthcare subsidies on the ropes?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled that tax credits under the Affordable Care Act can only be available to people who enrolled in new exchanges set up in states — not those who enrolled in the default federal program. Think Progress explains the 2-1 decision in Halbig v. Burwell: The ...

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Three Stooges government?

No, this post is not an attempt to personally disparage the folks running North Carolina government. Rather it is an attempt to conjure up an image that captures the impact of the decisions that state leaders have been inflicting of late on their brethren and sistren at the local level. As some readers will recall, ...

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