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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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Governor orders budget cuts in case budget standoff lingers beyond end of fiscal year

In an unexpected move on Monday, Governor McCrory directed state agencies to prepare for budget cuts in case lawmakers fail to iron out a budget deal before the fiscal year ends in six days. Art Pope, the Budget Director at the Office of State Budget and Management, laid out the budget guidelines in a two-page memo ...

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N.C. Rep. Stam calls pedophilia, masochism sexual orientations (with video)

State Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, an Apex Republican, rankled his fellow lawmakers and others with comments Tuesday he made on the House floor likening pedophilia and sadism to sexual orientations, as opposed to sexual perversions. Stam is one of the most socially conservative lawmaker in the legislature, and was a leading proponent of 2012’s Amendment ...

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N.C. Supreme Court candidate used N.C. Policy Watch article on campaign site without attribution – now apologizes

A campaign website for a judge running for the state’s highest judicial seat posted an N.C. Policy Watch reporter’s article without attribution, leaving the false impression the article had been written by the judge. Judge Ola Lewis, a Brunswick County Superior Court judge running to be the next chief justice at the N.C. Supreme Court, ...

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Is paid family leave really bad for business?

Not  according to a new and detailed report from the wonks at the Center for Economic and Policy Research that examined the New Jersey Family Leave Insurance (or FLI)  program. The program allows workers to take up to six weeks of paid leave (capped at $595 a week in 2014) to care for new babies, ...

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