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BTC POLICY BASICS: Measuring a "Living Wage"

Authors: Alexandra Forter SirotaSabine SchoenbachResearch & Publications: BTC BriefsIssues: State EconomyWages and WorkBy Alexandra Forter Sirota & Sabine SchoenbachBudget & Tax Center

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House makes incremental progress on elections transparency; will Senate follow suit?

It kind of feels like dispensing praise for not robbing a bank, but hey, in today’s North Carolina political world , we’ll take what we can get. Accordingly, the House of Representatives deserves a sincere ‘attaboy and ‘attagirl for passing legislation this week to require electronic records filing by most local and state candidates and ...

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House Appropriations Committee passes a new $21.25 billion budget as conference process stalls

In a bizarre turn of events, the House Committee on Appropriations met today to review and vote on a new spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The bill passed in what appears to be along partisan lines, and it heads to the House floor tomorrow. For the most part, the new spending plan leaves ...

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McCrory partners with Tillis on teacher pay as House revises its education budget proposal

House Speaker Thom Tillis partnered with Gov. Pat McCrory today to announce their efforts to work together toward a teacher pay plan they characterized as responsible and affordable—but key details of the House’s new mini-budget proposal, unveiled today, remain unclear. “We’ve been preparing plans from not inside the beltline but outside the beltline – by ...

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Statement on the new House Budget from Alexandra Sirota, Director of the Budget & Tax Center

The new House budget is a shell game not a financial plan. It moves money around without addressing North Carolina’s growing needs and promoting broad prosperity. It shows once again that the tax plan adopted last year lowers our state’s horizons, making it impossible to meet priorities of all North Carolinians like quality education, healthy ...

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What’s really behind the competing budget proposals on Jones Street

As illustrated by Thomas Mills with Politics NC, the state budget will inevitably reflect the ideological interests and goals of the men in charge of our state legislature rather than the actual needs of real people. He writes of their personal motives: The GOP is only unified about two things. First, they want to make sure that ...

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New report: Even when powered by coal, electric cars are good for the environment

Who says there’s no good news out there? A new, fascinating and encouraging report from the good people at Environment North Carolina extols the benefits of the growing movement toward electric-powered cars. This is from a release that accompanied the report: “The report, “Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution,” shows that electric vehicles ...

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Time finally catching up with Rep. Stam’s hate and bigotry?

It’s funny how time usually seems to catch up to hate and bigotry (and the people who purvey them).  As society progresses and humans become more enlightened, language and viewpoints and images that once were widely held and expressed become less and less acceptable. Sometimes, the change happens rather suddenly — so suddenly that the ...

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Breaking: Cell phone privacy upheld by high court

In what SCOTUSblog founder Tom Goldstein called “a sweeping endorsement of digital privacy,” the U.S. Supreme Court today unanimously ruled that police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cellphone seized from an individual who has been arrested. The direct issue in two cases before the court was whether police could search the ...

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NC JUSTICE CENTER REPORT: Caregivers at Risk - The Urgent Need for Fair Pay and Paid Leave for All of NC's Caregivers

Authors: Sabine SchoenbachResearch & Publications: NC Justice Center Briefs & ReportsIssues: Wages and WorkWork-Family PolicyWorkers' RightsDirect care workers such as home health aides and unpaid caregivers are the foundation of the long-term services and supports system. Unfortunately, caregiving – both paid and unpaid – has long been undervalued.

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