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The complimentary USA Today that hotels give to their guests has this as the only news about North Carolina in their  State-by-State news section this morning. The Wildlife Resources Commission would like anyone who spots a wild turkey through Aug. 31 to enter it into an online database. Apparently nothing else is going on in ...

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The Fiscal Times: state tax cuts fail to deliver promised job creation

During the debate over last year’s billion-dollar-a-year tax cut plan, supporters made a lot of big promises about the supposed economic benefits of cutting corporate and personal income taxes for wealthy individuals and highly profitable corporations. The problem—as many warned at the time—is that tax cuts almost never live up to their promises. And that’s ...

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Editorial: Cooler heads needed in contentious budget debate

With another day of negotiations on tap, the Wilmington Star News says it’s time for state representatives and senators to end their posturing and find some common ground. The editorial board writes that the current budget logjam has only served to create more uncertainty for educators and North Carolina’s public schools. Here an excerpt from ...

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To get to a budget deal, stop the 2015 tax cuts

This morning’s edition of Setting the record straight over on the main Policy Watch website has some rare praise for the surprisingly progressive rhetoric emanating from state budget negotiations this week. But it also takes lawmakers to task for their failure to seize upon the most obvious solution to their inability to find a way ...

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Seats still available for Charlotte luncheon on casinos, lottery

With North Carolina leaders looking more and more to the expansion of gambling in the state — perhaps even with the development of a new casino west of Charlotte — NC Policy Watch will be bringing one of the nation’s experts on the subject to North Carolina on Wednesday, July 16 for a special Crucial ...

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Obama’s inadequate response to the southern border crisis

The President has decided to bypass Congress in an effort to respond to the immigration crisis at the southern border but not in all the right ways. While the Border Patrol has failed in treating its detainees in a humanitarian manner–as seen here–no action has been taken in response either by the Obama administration or ...

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Story explains steady decline in NC’s commitment to public education

In case you missed it, WRAL.com had an instructive story last night entitled “NC education spending on a decades-long slide.” The story reported that the percentage of the North Carolina budget dedicated to K-12 has been falling steadily: “WRAL News reviewed budget numbers for the last 30 years and found that the percentage of general ...

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Bob Rucho’s “different model” of education

As Clayton Henkel and Lindsay Wagner report in the posts below, negotiations over teacher pay have taken what appears to be a positive turn this week at the General Assembly with the announcement that the state Senate is willing to back down on its demand that teachers choose between a pay raise and their right ...

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Value of Teaching Assistants questioned as NC budget debate drags on (video)

Budget negotiations resume Wednesday morning with Senate and House members still at odds over how much of a bump in pay teachers will receive. One of the sticking points Tuesday centered on the Senate’s proposal to pay for those raises by eliminating about 7,400 teacher assistants. Stokes County Rep. Bryan Holloway said that would hamstring ...

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Senate offers 11% pay raise for teachers without requiring them to give up tenure; still does away with TAs

Lawmakers tasked with coming up with a 2015 state budget met in public this afternoon, where Senate leaders pitched once again an 11 percent pay increase for teachers – but this time, without requiring them to give up their tenure protections. Sen. Harry Brown introduced the proposal, explaining that their budget plan would bring North Carolina up to 27th ...

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