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House OKs bill that allows private charter school education management companies to keep their employees’ salaries secret

House lawmakers approved legislation Friday that allows private, for-profit management companies that run charter schools to keep their employees’ salaries secret, even though they are paid with public funds. The bill also fails to provide protections for LGBT students, even though an earlier version did. While the bill, SB 793, or Charter School Modifications, clarifies ...

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Technical corrections bill allows for-profit companies spots on North Carolina charter school boards

Buried deep in a House technical corrections bill unveiled yesterday is a provision to allow staff of for-profit charter school management groups to serve on the boards of the public charters schools that contract with them. The N.C. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the 55-page technical corrections bill today. The legislation would also have to ...

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Editorial: Apply common sense on ACA subsidies

This morning’s Greensboro News & Record makes some sound points in assessing the split in the federal courts over the Affordable Care Act and the availability of subsidies in states without state-based exchanges. While the editorial (which is entitled “Save the subsidies”) acknowledges the ambiguity of some of the language in the statute, it also rightfully calls ...

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Medical Society issues scathing takedown of NC Senate Medicaid proposal

North Carolina doctors pulled no punches in their review of the Medicaid “reform” (i.e. privatization) plan adopted by the state Senate today. This is the official statement from the NC Medical Society: “Today the Senate had a clear choice between the health of our state’s most vulnerable citizens and the health of Wall Street corporations, ...

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Most North Carolinians in the Medicaid gap are working

This morning consumer advocacy group Families USA released a report along with the NC Community Health Center Association and the NC Justice Center showing that most people who stand to benefit from closing our state’s health insurance gap are working. Many of these folks are in low-wage service jobs. The report also examines the top occupations in ...

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Charter school bill now excludes LGBT protections, makes charter school (but not contractors’) salaries public

A bill that would address some sticky points in governance of the state’s 127 public charter schools is calendared for a Senate vote today. (Note: The bill passed out of the Senate and went to the House floor Thursday afternoon. That discussion can be heard here.) The charter school modification bill, Senate Bill 793, coming ...

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10 million reasons that Obamacare is a success

Winston Churchill famously stated that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” One is increasingly tempted to offer the same assessment of Obamacare. Is it flawed and messy? Absolutely. Could we call envision a scenario in which each of us — acting as philosopher kings — could craft a better ...

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Broken cookie delivery to mark anniversary of Guv’s broken promise on reproductive freedom

From the good people at NARAL-Pro Choice NC: NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina member activists will deliver broken cookies to the Governor’s Mansion this morning at 11:00 am to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor McCrory’s broken promise not to support restrictions on access to abortion care. Last July, Governor McCrory signed into law Senate Bill ...

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Editorials: Expand Medicaid now and stop bullying immigrant kids

Here are two morning editorials that ought to be a “must reads” for North Carolina’s conservative political leaders: The first comes from the Fayetteville Observer and it’s entitled “Yes, Republicans can expand Medicaid too.” As it notes: Last month, hundreds of representatives from North Carolina hospitals and other health-care institutions brought a united message to ...

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, No. 4: Kansas Tax Cut Experiment Greatly Reduces State Revenue, Serves as Cautionary Tale for North Carolina

Authors: Cedric JohnsonResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: State EconomyState Tax PolicyAs the national economy continues to recover from the Great Recession, most states are seeing growth in tax revenue and using the increased revenue to begin restoring funding to public investments.

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