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Economist: Conservatives dreaming if they think unemployment insurance cuts helped NC

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the latest from one of the nation’s sharpest economists, Dr. Dean Baker on the one-year anniversary of North Carolina’s harshest-in-the-nation cuts to unemployment insurance. In a post that originally appeared on the website of Baker’s Center for Economic and Policy Research, Baker specifically takes one of ...

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UNC system gets legislative approval for capital projects as across-the-board cuts loom

** See update at the end of this story** Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill on Monday that authorizes the UNC system to spend $376 million on capital improvements, while the state’s public universities await a 2015 budget proposal that could heap on more budget cuts to other critical areas of service for students. The funds, which the Governor ...

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Four-letter words at the Supreme Court

Perhaps you’ve recently heard of Richard Kopf, the federal judge from Nebraska who blogged the other day about the damage the U.S. Supreme Court rendered with its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. Kopf had some terse words for the five justices who decided that corporations had religious rights under the Constitution,  speculating that they’d ...

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The Earned Income Tax Credit matters to NC families

If you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve a chance to get ahead. This is why the Earned Income Tax Credit was invented: to help families with low-paying jobs make ends meet. Unfortunately, North Carolina is the first state in 30 years to eliminate its Earned Income Tax Credit. This move abandoned a ...

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, Number 2: North Carolina is Home to Fastest Growth in Share of People Living in High-Poverty Areas

Research & Publications: Prosperity WatchAuthors: Tazra MitchellLatest News: Include Item in Latest News ListIssues: Poverty/Income InequalityAmong the nation’s 50 states, North Carolina experienced the biggest increase in the proportion of people living in high-poverty areas between 2000 and 2010, according to a

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, Number 2: North Carolina is Home to Fastest Growth in Share of People Living in High-Poverty Areas

Research & Publications: Prosperity WatchAuthors: Tazra MitchellLatest News: Include Item in Latest News ListIssues: Poverty/Income InequalityAmong the nation’s 50 states, North Carolina experienced the biggest increase in the proportion of people living in high-poverty areas between 2000 and 2010, according to a

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A couple of simple truths about Medicaid

As state lawmakers and Gov. McCrory argue about ways to cut public outlays for Medicaid — the public health insurance system for people of low income — the lead editorials in North Carolina’s two largest newspapers offer some straightforward and compelling truths this morning that ought to guide their discussions: 1) Service cuts harm real ...

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New report has the real story on African-American voter turnout

New findings today from the good government experts at Democracy North Carolina: “Black Turnout Up in May Primary, But Drops in 32 Counties 82% of State’s Increase Centers in 12 Counties with Hot Races Republican attorneys and the State of North Carolina are telling a federal judge today that about 44,500 more blacks voted in ...

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North Carolina is home to fastest growth in share of people living in high-poverty areas

Among the nation’s 50 states, North Carolina experienced the biggest increase in the proportion of people living in high-poverty areas between 2000 and 2010, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau  report.The growing number of North Carolinians living in disadvantaged neighborhoods is problematic because they face restricted access to the jobs, education, and networks that ...

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Editorial: It’s time to rethink NC tax cuts

State budget writers are currently grappling with the task of ironing out a final budget in the face of last year’s huge tax cuts that are hampering our ability to invest in the building blocks of a strong economy. As we entered into the new fiscal year without a revised budget, the News and Observer Editorial Board ...

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