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In State of the Judiciary speech, Martin lauds the work of the courts and asks for support http://ow.ly/JWtjl #ncga #nccourts #ncgov
In the first “State of the Judiciary” speech given to the General Assembly since 2001, North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin invoked the Magna Carta, introduced lawmakers to the judiciary’s work during challenging economic times and urged them to appreciate the need for better funding in order to ensure the integrity of the state’s judicial system. “Think about what it will mean if the people of this great State cannot rely on us...
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A formula for failure - http://ow.ly/JW9tq #ncga #ncpol #ncgov
Some legislators want to severely limit the resources the state can invest in schools and other needs and are considering arbitrary formulas to guide those decisions, even though we are already doing less with less. State investments as a share of the economy would be $3.2 billion higher if North Carolina caught up to 2008 levels. That means the Governor and legislative state budget writers have a lot of catching up to do to replace what was lost...
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Trending Wednesday on Jones Street – #stopSB2, #endCitizensUnited, and #HistoricPreservation http://ow.ly/JVBCe #ncga #ncpol
Legislation that would allow magistrates to discriminate against same sex couples, a renewed push to end dark money in the political process, and a bi-partisan effort to save the historic preservation tax credit mark our top stories of the day: #ncga House committee to debate #SB2, bill allowing magistrates to opt out of same-sex marriage, at 12:30pm. Listen: http://t.co/c7zmoBKvAY — The Carolina Mercury (@NCMercury) March 4, 2015 Interracial Co...
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Incentives advance to the House as Chief Justice seeks critical court funding http://ow.ly/JUCMC #ncga #ncpol #nccourts
Mark Martin, Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court will address a joint session of General Assembly this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Martin will be making the case for an additional $30 million for the state’s court system. Hours before Martin delivers his State of the Judiciary Address, the House will take up an incentives bill that would give the McCrory administration $45 million a year to attract new employers to North Carolina. State Commerce Sec...
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Education committees gearing up for 2015 session - http://ow.ly/JSUXR #ncga #ncpol #nced
After a slow start thanks to snow and ice wreaking havoc on legislative meeting schedules for the past two weeks, members of the House K-12 Education committee finally gathered this morning to get acquainted and begin moving legislation. Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union), co-chair of the committee, introduced House Bill 18, “Planning Year for CIHS,” which would provide institutions seeking Cooperative Innovative High School (CIHS) status (also known as e...
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The awful gift that keeps on giving … http://ow.ly/JSEZk #ncga #sb20 #ncpol #gastax
Senate Bill 20 passed another hurdle this morning, moving out of House Finance and to the floor for a full vote.  As I recently highlighted, state lawmakers are pursing tax changes that would further shift responsibility for paying for public investments and services to low- and middle-income taxpayers and away from the wealthy and profitable corporations. Senate Bill 20 includes a provision that would no longer allow taxpayers to deduct expenses...
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The state of the courts is not good - http://bit.ly/1DNNTqu #ncga #ncpol #ncgov #nccourts
(Photo: nccourts.org) There’ll be few surprises when Chief Justice Mark Martin appears before the General Assembly this afternoon to give his “State of the Judiciary” speech. He’s made several media appearances these past few weeks to talk about how neglected and overlooked the courts have been when it comes to funding, and as the new leader of the state’s judicial system he’s intent on change. Late yesterday Martin told WRAL that he will ask sta...
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Low wages are a choice - http://ow.ly/JVOev #ncga #ncpol #ncgov
In a piece released on Monday, Paul Krugman reflected on the decision by Walmart to raise the minimum wage of its workers. He notes that this will likely lead to many more companies following suit. Indeed TJ Maxx-Marshalls has already signaled that it will do the same for its workers this year. More than moving business to act, these private sector initiatives signal that the economic arguments—reduced turnover, higher productivity, improved mora...
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K12, Inc., backer of future NC virtual #charterschool, runs questionable operation in California http://ow.ly/JUOVO #nced #ncga #ncpol
Study, former teacher recount troubling management practices and poor student outcomes. Former California Virtual Academy (CAVA) employee Jan Cox Golovich left her job as an online high school teacher a year ago, when she decided the students she was teaching were being cheated out of an ...
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More consistent policy choices would flow from analysis - http://ow.ly/JTrkI #ncga #ncpol #ncgov
The News & Record had an editorial this weekend on the inconsistent choices policymakers have made as it relates to tax code spending. Some tax breaks have ended while others remain and even may get expanded this session. From the piece: Tax breaks for movie productions and historic property renovations are out. Tax breaks for more data centers are in. The North Carolina legislature is still picking “winners and losers,” but the criteria have cha...
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Standing, state’s rights, or statutory construction? #Obamacare sub. hinge on which analysis the SCOTUS adopts http://ow.ly/JSLNn #ncpol
Obamacare subsidies hinge on which analysis the Supreme Court adopts. The U.S. Supreme Court takes a second look at the Affordable Care Act tomorrow morning, hearing argument in a case out of Virginia which many experts say has the potential to rock the nation's health care system.
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UNC Board of Governors: Doing the Right’s dirty work http://ow.ly/JRRNr #ncga #UNCBOG #NCPOL #highered #nced
Defunding the Poverty Center is just one small part of a bigger plan for higher ed. Last week's decision by the UNC Board of Governors to dissolve three small academic centers at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central and ECU (including, most notably of course, the Poverty Center headed by UNC ...
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NC Policy Watch is a progressive, nonprofit and non-partisan public policy organization with a simple mission: to change the way elected officials debate important issues and, ultimately, to improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians. NC Policy Watch is an independent project of the NC Justice Center, North Carolina’s leading private, nonprofit anti-poverty organization. The two organizations share the same guiding objective—to bring about social, political and economic justice in North Carolina. Since its founding in 2004, NC Policy Watch has established itself as the state’s most prolific and influential progressive voice and a direct and effective counterpoint to the state’s conservative think tanks.