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Common core review commission seeking feedback from public

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:56
The Academic Standards Review Commission, which is tasked with recommending changes to the state’s Common Core standards for English and math, wants to hear from the public this coming Monday, June 15. Those who want to weigh in on the standards and their impact on students are invited to send an email to Jo Herrera ...

One Register of Deeds’ perfect response to the new marriage discrimination law (SB2)

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:17
The New Hanover County Register of Deeds didn’t ask for a law allowing her employees to opt-out of performing same-sex marriages if they invoke “any sincerely held religious objection.” So when the state House voted Thursday to join the NC Senate in overriding the bill vetoed by Governor Pat McCrory, Register of Deeds Tammy Beasley ...

Condemnations of new marriage discrimination law continue to pour in

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:57
Today, on the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision striking down state laws banning interracial marriage in the case of Loving v. Virginia, condemnations continue to pour in from across the country for North Carolina’s absurd and offensive new marriage discrimination law. Here are just a few: From Raleigh’s News & Observer: “Senate ...

Senate tax plan would continue down a path to nowhere

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 18:53
A tax plan state Senate leaders presented this week would promote neither shared economic opportunity nor prosperity across North Carolina. Far from it. The proposal would cost more than $1 billion in annual revenue loss as the tax plan continues down the path of handing out more costly tax cuts to large, profitable corporations at ...

Today’s marriage discrimination vote: Four cowardly minutes

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:29
Today’s vote in the North Carolina House of Representatives to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2 — lawmakers’ latest effort to preserve some precious shreds of hate and discrimination in state marriage law — was absurd and offensive for a number of reasons. There was the substance of the new law that ...

Medicaid reform: Is a new day dawning?

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 15:14
Yesterday, the highly anticipated Medicaid Modernization Act or Medicaid reform bill  was described as transformative, innovative and the dawning of a new day by members of the House Health Committee. During the morning meeting, Representatives Dollar and Lambeth explained that the aims of Medicaid reform are to produce long-term cost savings, budget predictability, as well ...

NC lawmakers: Standing in the courthouse door on an apt anniversary

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:56
The decision of North Carolina House to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2 this morning comes on an appropriate anniversary in American history. As the Jackson Mississippi Clarion-Ledger reminds us this morning: “June 11, 1963: Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in front of a schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama in ...

Equality advocates condemn House’s decision to override Governor’s veto on anti-gay marriage bill (SB 2)

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:34
The state House wasted little time on Thursday in voting (69-41 ) to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2. The legislation allows magistrates and registers of deeds to opt-out of performing same-sex weddings.  The Senate overrode the governor’s veto on June 1st, meaning the measure now becomes law despite McCrory’s objections. “The ...

The “pave paradise” crowd strikes again, unveils another bill to decimate environmental rules

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:13
The hits (and slashes and burns) to North Carolina’s ever-more-fragile natural environment just keep on a comin’ at the North Carolina General Assembly. Yesterday morning, while few people were watching, a Senate Committee unveiled and quickly approved yet another new proposal to lay waste to environmental rules (and a lot more of the state’s land ...

The healthy path to even fewer abortions

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 07:36
Nobody wants there to be more abortions in North Carolina. The issue is women’s health and the fact that thousands of women every year must grapple with unintended pregnancies. Happily, as the lead editorial in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer reminds us, there is a way to get after both problems: readily ...

Rep. Glazier on his departure from the legislature: ‘My heart now calls me to a different place to work’ (video)

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 21:36
Rep. Rick Glazier announced Wednesday his plans to resign from the state House at the end of this session to become the new Executive Director of the NC Justice Center. Click below to hear Glazier’s remarks to his colleagues.

Statement on Senate Proposal to Further Cut Taxes

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 17:03
Despite the clear need to make investments that will put North Carolina on sounder economic footing, the Senate is proposing another round of tax cuts that will hinder the state’s progress, including more income tax cuts and tax breaks for certain businesses. This is a strategy that has failed in many other states. Now is ...

Justice Center welcomes Glazier as new E.D.

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 14:24
This statement was released this afternoon by N.C. Policy Watch’s parent organization, the North Carolina Justice Center: “We at the North Carolina Justice Center are thrilled to announce that Rick Glazier will become the next Executive Director of our organization As a non-profit seeking to end poverty in North Carolina, our mission is to fight ...

Women’s rally to lift up North Carolina’s broken economic model, regressive state policies

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:31
Women will join together at the Bicentennial Mall (near the state legislature) at 5pm today to demand better public policies that would improve the lives of women and families. The rally is part of the North Carolina NAACP’s Moral Monday Movement Summer of Moral Resistance, with support from women’s coalitions such as NC Women United. Speakers ...

Republicans admit it’s time to get on with addressing climate change

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:11
Looking for some encouraging news this morning? Then check out this story in today’s Charlotte Observer about the growing movement amongst North Carolina Republicans — at least one of whom is very wealthy — to acknowledge the reality of climate change and to get on about the business of doing something about it. As Bruce ...

The people have spoken: It’s time to reinvest

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 07:12
Across the nation, the post-recession recovery has been slow and North Carolina is no exception. This is due in large part to historically low public investment. State leaders have turned to austerity and tax cuts to promote growth; unfortunately, these plans have backfired. We cannot leave our future up to the invisible hand of the ...

Video explains how NC promotes renewable energy and why doing so makes so much sense

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 16:39
We know this stuff is complicated, but if you’d really like to understand what North Carolina is doing to promote solar power (and other renewables) and why it is good for our economy, jobs, competition, freedom, capitalism, electric bills and, incidentally, the future of the planet, watch this excellent presentation at last week’s NC Policy ...

New report highlights growing misclassification problem

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 15:04
A report released this week by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), (In)dependent Contractor Misclassification, lifts up the parade of horribles that goes along with this increasingly common method of cheating workers, taxpayers, and honest business competitors. Author Francoise Carré documents the harm caused by fraudulently claiming employees as contractors includes lost wages and benefits, unpaid ...

Pay for nation’s public university presidents (including UNC) going up

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:05
The pay for presidents of public universities is rising, with the median salary for the president of a public university now $428,250. That’s an increase of 7 percent, while two presidents in the nation (at Pennsylvania State University and Texas A&M) made more than $1 million, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which released ...

Survey shows majority NC’s Registers of Deeds oppose Senate Bill 2

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 13:57
Before the NC House attempts to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the magistrates recusal bill, they might want to review the findings of an informal survey conducted by several of the state’s Registers of Deeds. Here’s more from the Buncombe County Register of Deeds: The majority of Registers of Deeds from across the state ...