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Follies: undemocratic process; Moore in dark on #HB2; Mueller hire anti-LGBT signal from GOP http://bit.ly/28W7C2O #ncga #ncpol #ncgov
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Tax swap likely to create more problems than solutions http://bit.ly/28JPglg #ncga #ncpol #ncbudget
State leaders are on a relentless pursuit to radically change the state’s tax system to rely more and more on the sales tax, while working to eliminate the income tax. This tax swap is necessary, they say, to address the volatile nature of the income tax. What it means is that there will be a heavier tax load for middle and low income North Carolinians. This is an approach to taxation that will likely create more problems than solutions. Volatili...
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#ncga budget lacking, fails, hurts NC http://bit.ly/1XWlwnQ #ncbudget #ncpol #ncgov
Rick Glazier, Executive director of the North Carolina Justice Center, wrote an editorial that appeared in the News and Observer yesterday saying the budget from N.C. legislators falls short of not only meeting the needs of the state but also departs from a history of commitment to public investments like the state’s university system and neglects foundations for a strong future. (Note: N.C. Justice Center is the parent organization of N.C. Polic...
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Lawmakers unveil yet another polluter protection bill http://bit.ly/1sC8hwg #ncpol #ncga #ncgov
Those who might have hoped that North Carolina corporate polluters and their political apologists had run out of basic environmental protection laws to raze should have known better. In this release from yesterday afternoon, Dustin Chicurel-Bayard over at the NC chapter of the Sierra Club explains how they’re back at it yet again: Revised bill would allow electronics in landfills New regulatory bill emerges in Senate committee Earlier today, the ...
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Prominent physician skewers McCrory's disastrous #Medicaid policies http://bit.ly/28TRykC #ncpol #ncgov #ncga
If you missed it this morning, be sure to check out the fine op-ed in Raleigh’s News & Observer by Robert Bilbro, the head of Raleigh Medical Group. As Bilbro points out, the McCrory administration’s two overarching policies toward Medicaid (i.e. refusing to close the coverage gap for hundreds of thousands of people in need and selling off the state’s successful, homegrown nonprofit provider system to Wall Street investors) will be a disaster fo...
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N&O fact-checkers critique one argument for achievement school districts http://bit.ly/28IFDSo via @NCPolicyWatch #ncpol #ncga #nced
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Top 5 this week: 2017 #ncbudget, #HB2, virtual charter schools and payday lending http://bit.ly/24bCI8z #nced #ncpol #ncgov #ncga
1. Locking in North Carolina’s decline The 2017 budget promises nothing but more distress for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore love to boast that North Carolina is in the midst (or, perhaps, on the cusp) of a rousing economic “comeback.” Hardly a day goes by anymore in which one or more of these men isn’t issuing some kind of release claiming that conservative fiscal policies have...
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Study: students w/ #vouchers may perform worse on math, reading than peers in public schools http://bit.ly/1qOAJdo #nced #ncpol #ncga
Mark Dynarski of the Brookings Institution pointed to recent research of voucher programs in Louisiana and Indiana suggesting that students with vouchers to attend private schools perform worse on math and reading tests than their peers in public schools. Lack of adequate accountability may be one factor. Excerpt and link to full report below. Recent research on statewide voucher programs in Louisiana and Indiana has found that public school stud...
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March primary signals big problems for North Carolina voters – ow.ly/vkQG300E18p #ncga #ncpol #ncgov #vote
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News, analysis and commentary on state-level policies and politics in North Carolina.
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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.
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