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An August recess? General Assembly to pass budget, take a two-week vacation

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about how the North Carolina General Assembly is starting to look and sound more and more like Congress — especially when it comes to the influence of big dollars from corporate fat cats and plain old, general dysfunction. Today, we got another persuasive indicator: Legislators ...

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20th Century Infrastructure, 21st Century Breakdown

Progress Michigan intern Tiffany Silgas blogs today about the recent water main break in Los Angeles and the need for increased spending on our infrastructure.
When I resided at the UCLA student-housing co-op, I had an ideal student life. I always had a hot meal and rent was cheap. I worked four-hours a week to supplement the cost-of-living. I would always have a new roommate every quarter, sometimes even a completely different room. My days were fairly routine at the UCLA co-op.

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Emerald Cities Cleveland Seeking Workforce Development Manager

Got what it takes to build partnerships for sustainable energy retrofits while creating high roads jobs for Ohioans?  Come to work with Policy Matters Ohio partner Emerald Cities of Cleveland.


 

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A County-by-County Look at CalFresh Use in California

Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, more than one in 10 Californians now rely on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — called CalFresh in California — for food assistance. This rate has risen slowly but steadily since 2011.

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More Evidence Suggests Tackling Child Poverty Best Thing to Do for Our Kids

Elena Hernandez - A recurring theme is emerging – high poverty rates and declining family economic security are hurting Washington state’s kids and our economy.

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Governor’s Guidance Gives Hints of What’s to come in Next Budget

Governor Walker has given state agencies guidance on how to develop their proposals for Wisconsin’s next budget, giving some glimpses into what the state’s 2015-17 budget might bring. 

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Governor’s Guidance Gives Hints of What’s to come in Next Budget

Governor Walker has given state agencies guidance on how to develop their proposals for Wisconsin’s next budget, giving some glimpses into what the state’s 2015-17 budget might bring. 

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DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos honored at “old-fashioned love fest”

Aldona Wos, North Carolina’s embattled Health and Human Services Secretary, was the woman of the hour at a luncheon held Wednesday that included remarks from Gov. Pat McCrory that Wos has been unfairly criticized. The Greensboro News & Record covered the event sponsored by the Greensboro Partnership, a booster group for city, that honored Wos.  ...

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Can Oklahoma make better budget predictions?

Oklahoma’s state budget was thrown into turmoil this year when much less money came to the General Revenuef fund than was expected. For the full year, General Revenue was 4.8 percent below the estimate; if the shortfall had reached 5 percent, nearly all state services could have been forced to make budget cuts in the middle of the year. The problem is not just with this year’s budget either.

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What Crack Cocaine Teaches Us About NSA Reform

This piece originally ran at POLITICO Magazine.
This week, Patrick Leahy, the Democratic senator from Vermont, introduced a revised version of the USA Freedom Act, a bill to finally start pulling the reins on America's out-of-control surveillance state. The ACLU supports the measure, though it is not a perfect bill. To understand why, it helps to think about something seemingly unrelated: crack cocaine.

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