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Time to Call a Spade a Spade: Public education and health programs face the chopping block because we can’t afford last year’s tax plan

North Carolinians are being dealt a bad hand. The deep revenue losses resulting from the 2013 tax plan is creating a reality in which there are too few dollars available to meet the needs of children, families, and communities. Budget writers are facing a self-imposed budget crisis and finding it difficult to agree on just ...

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Senate offers newest Medicaid proposal, could open $13 billion system up to privatization

The state Senate pushed its most recent proposal in committee today to move North Carolina’s complicated and massive Medicaid program to a new structure outside of the state’s health agency. The Senate’s Medicaid plan  would also open up the state’s $13 billion health care program for poor children, the disabled and elderly to privatization by ...

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Lawyers are game changers for immigrant children

As we reported last week, many of the children crossing the border into the United States wind up in court defending themselves — a situation that presumably does not end well for them. The American Civil Liberties Union describes the plight of such children in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle against Attorney General ...

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The governor’s latest appointment flub

This morning’s editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer gets it just about right with its assessment of Pat McCrory’s bizarre foul-up of — of all things — the appointment of North Carolina’s poet laureate by ignoring the established processes and then compounding the error by appointing a person whom some have charitably described as “a ...

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Latest budget proposal could spell trouble for TAs (video)

State senators offered a new budget proposal Tuesday – one that included 8% raises for teachers and would fund second-grade teaching assistants. But teaching assistants in the third-grade, they would not be funded in this latest proposal. And there’s another wrinkle, as Rep. Nelson Dollar discovered when seeking clarification on the Senate’s new numbers: “If ...

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Sen. Jerry Tillman: “The timing is right” to repeal Common Core (w/ video)

Is Senator Jerry Tillman truly the man of compromise that he says he is when it comes to the Common Core standards? State lawmakers are coming close to passing legislation that would aim to repeal the Common Core standards, although the language in the bill currently would allow for a review commission to recommend keeping parts ...

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Breaking: Fifth Circuit upholds Texas affirmative action program

Following remand by the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the university’s affirmative action program. The Supreme Court had sent the case back to Texas for a reconsideration of the university’s affirmative action policy under a strict scrutiny standard. In the 7-1 ...

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Today’s lamest homophobic rant

It comes from the notorious all-purpose far right minister, the Rev. Patrick Wooden of Raleigh’s Upper Room Church of God in Christ. At a pastor’s anti-marriage equality event today near the state Capitol Building, Wooden said the following according to this AP story: Seventy-eight percent of our children are born into homes where there are ...

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, No. 3: Unemployment Insurance Cuts Harm Jobless Workers, Threaten the Economy

Authors: Allan FreyerResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: Unemployment and Unemployment Insurance In an economy where workers are laid off through no fault of their own and there remain too few jobs for those who want to work, unemployment insurance provides some support.

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Prosperity Watch Issue 39, No. 3: Unemployment Insurance Cuts Harm Jobless Workers, Threaten the Economy

Authors: Allan FreyerResearch & Publications: Prosperity WatchIssues: Unemployment and Unemployment Insurance In an economy where workers are laid off through no fault of their own and there remain too few jobs for those who want to work, unemployment insurance provides some support.

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