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McCrory vows veto if final budget includes Senate’s numbers

As budget-talks head toward the weekend, Governor Pat McCrory took the unusual step Thursday of issuing a press release pledging to veto the Senate’s budget proposal, if those were somehow the final numbers to come out of the budget-writers’ conference committee. Earlier in the day, the House agreed to move to a six-percent pay raise ...

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Economist takes local conservative to school again on unemployment insurance

Earlier this week, we cross-posted a brief essay by one of the nation’s best economists, Dr. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in which he thoughtfully and professionally dissected and demolished the claims made by a Raleigh conservative think tanker in a Wall Street Journal piece. The think tanker’s central claim ...

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Stunning lack of diversity of NC’s federal judges highlighted

The latest news story from NC Policy Watch Courts and Law Reporter Sharon McCloskey — “All white and overwhelmingly male: Latest departure leaves NC federal courts among lest diverse in the nation” — contains a lot of information that will leave caring and thinking people frustrated and even ticked off, but this passage stands out: ...

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3 takeaways from NC’s budget brouhaha (w/video)

If you’re trying to get up to speed on this week’s colorful and cantankerous state budget negotiations, here are three quick takeaways: Governor Pat McCrory is ‘disappointed’ with the Senate after Tuesday’s walkout, and McCrory thinks the Senate’s 11% pay raise for teachers is ‘not realistic‘ House members are willing to give up on expanding ...

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Top North Carolina news, USA Today style

The complimentary USA Today that hotels give to their guests has this as the only news about North Carolina in their  State-by-State news section this morning. The Wildlife Resources Commission would like anyone who spots a wild turkey through Aug. 31 to enter it into an online database. Apparently nothing else is going on in ...

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Editorial: Cooler heads needed in contentious budget debate

With another day of negotiations on tap, the Wilmington Star News says it’s time for state representatives and senators to end their posturing and find some common ground. The editorial board writes that the current budget logjam has only served to create more uncertainty for educators and North Carolina’s public schools. Here an excerpt from ...

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To get to a budget deal, stop the 2015 tax cuts

This morning’s edition of Setting the record straight over on the main Policy Watch website has some rare praise for the surprisingly progressive rhetoric emanating from state budget negotiations this week. But it also takes lawmakers to task for their failure to seize upon the most obvious solution to their inability to find a way ...

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Seats still available for Charlotte luncheon on casinos, lottery

With North Carolina leaders looking more and more to the expansion of gambling in the state — perhaps even with the development of a new casino west of Charlotte — NC Policy Watch will be bringing one of the nation’s experts on the subject to North Carolina on Wednesday, July 16 for a special Crucial ...

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Obama’s inadequate response to the southern border crisis

The President has decided to bypass Congress in an effort to respond to the immigration crisis at the southern border but not in all the right ways. While the Border Patrol has failed in treating its detainees in a humanitarian manner–as seen here–no action has been taken in response either by the Obama administration or ...

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Story explains steady decline in NC’s commitment to public education

In case you missed it, WRAL.com had an instructive story last night entitled “NC education spending on a decades-long slide.” The story reported that the percentage of the North Carolina budget dedicated to K-12 has been falling steadily: “WRAL News reviewed budget numbers for the last 30 years and found that the percentage of general ...

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