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Increase wages to protect Social Security Trust Fund

John Burbank, Executive Director
This week the Social Security Trustees reported that our FICA contributions plus interest, net of all benefits paid out, have increased the Social Security Trust Fund by $32 billion. The trustees also forecast that Social Security benefits are completely sustainable for the next two decades.

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Will the Outer Banks Survive?

It may be mid-summer, and the Outer Banks may evoke memories of beaches, lighthouses, and wild horses, but UNC journalist and educator Sara Peach reminds us in this must-read National Geographic multimedia essay (photos, videos and maps) that memories could be all that remain in a few short years. Among the scientists Peach interviewed is East ...

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Rebecca Kopplin: Sticking to Principle

Rebecca Kopplin grew up hearing about the ACLU and was attracted to the organization because of our historical track record of standing by principles no matter how challenging or unpopular the circumstance.  It was this consistency, plus the prospect of working alongside ACLU-WA staff attorneys, that sold Rebecca on a legal internship for this summer.

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Wonky Word Wednesdays: House Bill 2

The beginning of the legislative session seems far away, but it is only 20 wonky words! (If I take off Christmas and New Years). I think there are easily 20 wonky budget words to explain between now and then. So lets get back to it – House Bill 2 (HB2) is next on our list.
Last week, we went over appropriation and started to talk about in the main spending bill called the “General Appropriations Act” which is known as HB2. Today, we dig deeper.

What is in HB2?

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Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

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Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

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The Washington Post

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Bargain, schmargain

It’s back again: Iowa’s SALES TAX HOLIDAY.
What a charade. Retailers love it, because it’s a gimmick to lure people into their stores to buy things at full price, instead of waiting for a back-to-school sale.
The happy-talk label disguises its real impact: to throw away revenue while pretending to, as one report put it, “help boost the economy and give consumers a break.” It does neither.

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Senate confirms Pamela Harris to the Fourth Circuit

The U.S. Senate yesterday voted 50-43 to confirm Pamela Harris to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, taking the seat vacated by Judge Andre Davis, who assumed senior status in February. Harris is a Georgetown Law professor and previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Policy at the ...

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Oh SNAP: Food assistance program errors at record low

Photo by Bruce Tuten used under a Creative Commons license

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McCrory’s last-minute media advisory: Update on budget negotiations, but press not welcome

The governor hasn’t been out in the public much this week, at least not in places where reporters could ask him about the $21.3 billion compromise budget Republican legislative leaders announced yesterday. But Gov. Pat McCrory’s office did take care Tuesday night to give last-minute notice to the state’s press corps that the governor would ...

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In The Know: Oklahoma City experiments with community school to address poverty

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. You can sign up here to receive In The Know by e-mail.

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