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Two powerful news stories explain why NC’s disinvestment in public ed is a big problem

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:58
WRAL TV will debut a new documentary tonight about North Carolina’s dwindling commitment to funding public education entitled “Grading Teacher Pay.” This is from a lengthy article summarizing the program: “At the start of his fourth term in 1997, North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt asked a Republican-controlled House and a Democratic-controlled Senate to raise the ...

What we know—and don’t know—about how the Governor’s budget proposal would address pressing needs facing North Carolinians

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:49
It’s been a month of Sundays since North Carolinians have seen a decent state budget that makes smart, targeted investments in the programs that reduce poverty and build a more inclusive economy. Since 2008, the norm has been budget cuts and underinvestment due to the recession, very slow economic recovery, and lawmakers’ choice to enact ...

Decision upholding NC’s restrictive voting law is far from the end of the story

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 07:00
The lengthy ruling yesterday by Judge Thomas Schroeder (a George W. Bush appointee to the federal courts) upholding North Carolina’s restrictive voter ID law is far from the end of the story on the matter. The following statement issued after the decision by advocates from the ACLU of North Carolina and Southern Coalition for Social ...

A disconnect between Governor’s guiding principles and policy decisions

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 17:04
Helping those who can’t help themselves and preparing North Carolina for continued growth: These are two of the guiding principles that Gov. McCrory said were behind his proposed budget for the fiscal year that will be released this week. However, these two stated principles in particular, on a list of many, highlight a disconnect between ...

Revealing claim from HB2 supporter: Law is about stopping “unbridled sexual license”

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:16
There have been a lot of amusing moments over the last four weeks in North Carolina since the passage of HB2 (“amusing” in the sense that they want to make you laugh so you won’t start crying). There’s been the spectacle of Senate leader Phil “I’ve never met a corporate tax cut that I didn’t ...

Corporations opposing #HB2 grows to 180

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:54
A little more than a month after House Bill 2 was signed into law, 180 major corporations have gone on record opposed to the LGBT legislation hurriedly passed in a special session. The latest to oppose the law include many well-known names in the corporate world: Alcoa Inc. BASF Corporation KPMG LLP Vanguard Xerox Corporation ...

Editorial puts it as plainly as possible: “Rescind this travesty called HB2”

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:15
One of the best editorials of this past weekend comes from Saturday’s Winston-Salem Journal. Here it is in its entirety: As the legislature arrives in Raleigh Monday for its short session, we have one important message: Rescind House Bill 2. Rescind it for financial, legal and moral reasons. Throw it away and forget about it. ...

Five things to have on your radar this week

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:39
# 1 Legislators return for short session with plenty of protests – The start of the legislative session marks the return of the Moral Monday movement.  Starting this morning participants will focus their energy on repealing House Bill 2. TurnOUT! NC  — a joint project of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the ACLU of North ...

Governor should not celebrate economic mediocrity

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 16:16
In touting the number of jobs created since he took office, the governor said “that’s something we need to celebrate, and that’s a goal we continue to have.” These comments prefaced the release of McCrory’s key budget proposals, which themselves reflect a Governor who is largely satisfied with the status quo. Thing is, North Carolina’s ...

Governor’s budget press conference short on details when it comes to teacher pay

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 14:42
We’re still largely short on details when it comes to Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed $22.8 billion budget plan. But when it comes to teacher pay, those who were critical of the governor’s overtures for a raise plan that again targets beginning teachers rather than the state’s veteran educators are likely to find more fuel after today. ...

President Obama: #HB2 is wrong and should be overturned (video)

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 14:38
President Barack Obama appearing at a news conference in London Friday joined the growing number of voices calling for the repeal of North Carolina’s new LGBT law. House Bill 2 mandates transgender people use the bathroom matching the gender on their birth certificate. The measure also bars individuals from filing a discrimination claim based on ...

Statement on Governor’s Budget Announcement from Alexandra Sirota, Director of the Budget & Tax Center

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:39
If the Governor follows through with the modest additional investments in his budget announcement today, it will represent a pragmatic, yet still constrained, approach to the state’s need for public investments.  With the unanticipated revenues that are available due to a recovering national economy, the Governor is seeking to make smart investments in key areas ...

Labor expert: Some obvious things the General Assembly can do if it cares about workers (Part 2 )

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:54
The North Carolina AFL-CIO is releasing a three-part video series prior to the opening of the 2016 legislative session on Monday featuring veteran North Carolina labor lawyer Mike Okun. In the brief videos, Okun explore three topics of great importance to North Carolina workers and offers some simple, common sense recommendations for lawmakers as they ...

Sound fiscal policy choices needed to build a stronger, more inclusive NC economy

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:41
This post concludes a series on the state budget featuring the voices of North Carolina experts on what our state needs to progress so that all North Carolinians have a fair shot to get ahead. State lawmakers will return to Raleigh next week to convene this year’s short legislative session. One primary task for lawmakers is ...

Charlotte Observer: NC Chamber needs to end its silence on HB2

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 08:50
Another good editorial in this morning’s Charlotte Observer highlights a question that observers of the HB2 crisis have been noting for weeks: Where the hell is the NC Chamber? Many people, of course, think the Chamber has cut a cynical deal to stay silent on the LGBT discrimination aspects of the law in order to ...

Trump: North Carolina “paying a big price” for House Bill 2 (video)

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 21:17
GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is weighing in over the controversial new LGBT-bathroom law. At a town hall meeting on the “Today Show” Trump dismissed the need for House Bill 2 and said North Carolina should have left it the way it was: “There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, ...

Funding the NC Housing Trust Fund

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:59
This post is part of a series on the state budget featuring the voices of North Carolina experts on what our state needs to progress so that all North Carolinians have a fair shot to get ahead. By Samuel Gunter, Director of Policy and Advocacy, NC Housing Coalition More than 500,000 North Carolina households spend at ...

NBA commissioner reiterates criticism of HB2, makes clear All-Star game will be moved if law not repealed

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:15
National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver reiterated his criticism of HB2 this morning on the nationally broadcast ESPN radio program “Mike and Mike.” While Silver — who went to college at Duke — declined to set a deadline by which the law must be repealed in order to avoid cancellation of next year’s NBA All-Star ...

Three new plaintiffs, including transgender high school student, join the legal challenge to House Bill 2

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:22
The backlash against North Carolina’s highly controversial House Bill 2 continues. The ACLU of N.C. announced Thursday morning that three new plaintiffs have been added to the legal challenge to the anti-LGBT law. The new plaintiffs include a transgender high school student and a married lesbian couple. From the ACLU’s statement: Hunter Schafer is a seventeen ...

Editorial: Berger, McCrory should rise above irrational fears and learn

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:17
There is another fine editorial in this morning’s Greensboro News & Record on House Bill 2 and the recent Fourth Circuit decision striking down Virginia’s discrimination against a transgender high school student. Its central message: HB 2 proponents need to stop, listen and learn. here’s the excellent conclusion: “Unfortunately, instead of inviting dialogue, McCrory signed ...

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