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Protested Taxes: Local Communities Left in Limbo

Last week, the Montana Department of Revenue announced a settlement agreement with Verizon Wireless related to how the Department would value Verizon’s property for calculating property taxes.  This settlement, along with the recent agreement between the Department and Charter Communications, meant the release of tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue to schoo

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Hobby Lobby and the Dignity of the Refused

Right now we are in a storm of contested rights, as businesses and institutions across the country ask for express legal permission to use religion to discriminate based on sexual orientation, sex, and gender identity.
Last month, the Supreme Court heightened the storm by ruling that the Hobby Lobby corporation doesn't have to comply with the law and provide its workers with insurance that covers contraception, effectively enshrining into law that religion can be used to discriminate against women.

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Tonight’s take-home reading assignment

As state lawmakers continue to go about the business of overhauling important aspects of state government “on the fly” with complex, last-minute proposals that receive only superficial review in kangaroo committee meetings — see, for example, the Senate’s latest mad effort to privatize the state’s Medicaid system in the waning days of the 2014 session ...

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What to Expect When Your Employee’s Expecting

Asia Myers was counting on the paycheck she earned at her job at a nursing home to buy supplies for the baby girl she was expecting.
She was shocked, however, when her employer, the Hope Healthcare Center, forced her to go out on unpaid leave after her doctor advised her not to lift as a result of pregnancy complications. After all, her employer routinely allows workers who are injured on the job to come to work, even when they have lifting restrictions.

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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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Quote of the Day 7/17/2014

“We can no longer sit at the banks of the courthouse steps waiting for prosperity and normalcy to come to us. Though we are separate in our respective branches of government, all of us are tied together by the shared thread of public service and united by a common vision, and that is the administration of justice.”
- Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert, in a speech warning Oklahoma judges that several proposed bills in the Legislature could have had a “lethal and devastating” effect on Oklahoma’s judiciary (Source: http://bit.ly/1jA1qhI)

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Number of Oklahoma high schools with a dropout rate above 40 percent for the Class of 2012.
Source: Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program
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In The Know: Fallin’s office says Barresi not being considered for secretary of education

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.

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