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House leaders knowingly passed unbalanced budget

The most startling story over the weekend was the revelation in a report by the News & Observer that House leaders knew that the budget they passed last week was based on flawed numbers but passed it anyway. The N.C. Education Lottery warned legislative staffers that the House’s plan to boost lottery sales by doubling ...

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Editorial: House budget another bad bet

The House plan to fund teacher raises with increased lottery revenues continues to meet with widespread derision. ICYMI, the Greensboro News & Record weighed in over the weekend: “When it comes to raising teacher pay, the state House has almost trumped the Senate for bad ideas. The Senate offers 11 percent salary hikes, on average, ...

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NAACP responds to judge’s decision on Legislative Building rules

As was reported late yesterday, a Superior Court judge in Wake County ruled that at least some new state Legislative Building rules go too far in denying access to the public. Late last night, the NAACP of North Carolina issued the following statement in response: In a great victory for the people in North Carolina, ...

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Your weekend read: a close look at resegregation in America’s public schools

During these past few busy months you may have missed the launch of ProPublica‘s “Segregation Now,” which takes a deep look at how how America’s schools have steadily resegregated since the Brown v. Board of Education federal ruling that was handed down sixty years ago. The ProPublica series begins with Nikole Hannah-Jones’ investigation of Tuscaloosa’s city schools, which are among ...

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Court of Appeals temporarily stops release of unemployment appeal notices

Lawyers who practice in the area of unemployment appeals will no longer be able to obtain copies of appeal notices from the Division of Employment Security, at least pending resolution by the Court of Appeals of a case pitting Durham unemployment attorney Monica Wilson against the division. Wilson, who had been picking up copies of those ...

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Medicaid provision is recipe for Washington-style gridlock

The House budget includes a requirement that the position of Medicaid Director be subject to confirmation by the North Carolina General Assembly. Here’s some of the language: 4         APPOINTMENT AND CONFIRMATION OF MEDICAID DIRECTOR 5         SECTION 12H.36.(a) Effective July 1, 2014, and applying to Directors of the 6         Division of Medical Services appointed on or after ...

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Top one-percenter admits inequality is getting out of hand

You know things have gotten pretty bad when even the head of the corporate oligarchs at Goldman Sachs starts speaking out against inequality. This is from a story posted by the good people at Think Progress: “CEO of one of the world’s largest banks: Income inequality is ‘destabilizing’ Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of investment bank Goldman Sachs, ...

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Statement on House Budget Passage from Alexandra Sirota, Director, Budget & Tax Center

The House budget shortchanges the needs of North Carolinians — the inevitable result of tax cuts for wealthy people and large, profitable corporations. And the House worsened the state’s prospects by voting down restoration of the state Earned Income Tax Credit, a proven tool for helping low-paid, working families make ends meet. It’s time to ...

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Editorial: Public has right to know how its money is being spent on charter schools

ICYMI, the Wilmington Star-News hits the nail on the head with this editorial on transparency in charter schools. After noting efforts by local charter school boss and all-purpose right-wing crusader Baker Mitchell to keep details of his Roger Bacon Academy secret, the editorial says this: “The state Senate is considering a bill that would make ...

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State Legislators & Partners in Action: Here’s What Happened!

The 2014 National Week of Action for Real Prosperity took place the second week of April and it was a huge success! Spearheaded by PSN’s Economic Security Working Group, the Week of Action engaged over 50 legislators in 20 states