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Governor: Laureate honor not reserved for ‘elite’

Governor Pat McCrory is now answering questions about how he came to choose Valerie Macon as North Carolina’s newest poet laureate. The governor defended his decision Wednesday saying the little known self-published poet from Fuquay-Varina would bring a new voice to the position: “One of my objectives is to open up the availability of all ...

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BTC REPORT: Unlocking Pathways to the Middle Class: The importance of adequately funding Workforce Development in North Carolina

Authors: Alexandra Forter SirotaAllan FreyerResearch & Publications: BTC ReportsIssues: Workforce DevelopmentBy ALEXANDRA F. SIROTA, Directorand ALLAN FREYER, Policy AnalystJuly 2014 

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BTC REPORT: Unlocking Pathways to the Middle Class: The importance of adequately funding Workforce Development in North Carolina

Authors: Alexandra Forter SirotaAllan FreyerResearch & Publications: BTC ReportsIssues: Workforce DevelopmentBy ALEXANDRA F. SIROTA, Directorand ALLAN FREYER, Policy AnalystJuly 2014 

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Responding to anti-gay pastors

There are two articles worth reading in Raleigh’s News & Observer this morning about Tuesday’s anti-gay speak-out by some conservative pastors. Chris Sgro of Equality NC is on the editorial page with this excellent post in which he responds to a list of absurd claims. For example: ‘(Marriage equality) is not a trend of the ...

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New data: Medicaid expansion providing big benefits to states that have opted for it

In a new post this afternoon, Jesse Cross-Call at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports the latest confirmation that North Carolina is shooting itself in the foot with its stubborn and shortsighted refusal to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of uninsured people under the Affordable Care Act. As a growing number of ...

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Time to Call a Spade a Spade: Public education and health programs face the chopping block because we can’t afford last year’s tax plan

North Carolinians are being dealt a bad hand. The deep revenue losses resulting from the 2013 tax plan is creating a reality in which there are too few dollars available to meet the needs of children, families, and communities. Budget writers are facing a self-imposed budget crisis and finding it difficult to agree on just ...

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Senate offers newest Medicaid proposal, could open $13 billion system up to privatization

The state Senate pushed its most recent proposal in committee today to move North Carolina’s complicated and massive Medicaid program to a new structure outside of the state’s health agency. The Senate’s Medicaid plan  would also open up the state’s $13 billion health care program for poor children, the disabled and elderly to privatization by ...

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Lawyers are game changers for immigrant children

As we reported last week, many of the children crossing the border into the United States wind up in court defending themselves — a situation that presumably does not end well for them. The American Civil Liberties Union describes the plight of such children in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle against Attorney General ...

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The governor’s latest appointment flub

This morning’s editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer gets it just about right with its assessment of Pat McCrory’s bizarre foul-up of — of all things — the appointment of North Carolina’s poet laureate by ignoring the established processes and then compounding the error by appointing a person whom some have charitably described as “a ...

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Latest budget proposal could spell trouble for TAs (video)

State senators offered a new budget proposal Tuesday – one that included 8% raises for teachers and would fund second-grade teaching assistants. But teaching assistants in the third-grade, they would not be funded in this latest proposal. And there’s another wrinkle, as Rep. Nelson Dollar discovered when seeking clarification on the Senate’s new numbers: “If ...

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