In the News: September 2015

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"Unemployment rates are up in 72 NC counties since January," Independent Weekly, September 30, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/09/30/unemployment-rates-are-...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"Small business hiring plans up slightly in NC," Winston-Salem Journal, September 30, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/small-business-hi...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Final days in Raleigh filled with bad laws," Richmond County Daily Journal, September 30, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/16837/final-days-in-raleigh...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Bill to curb tax, labor cheating likely buried for this year," Raleigh News & Observer, September 29, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1172/the-top-seven-education-issues-in-...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"The risks of using vouchers for private schools," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, September 28, http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/risks-using-vouchers-pr...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"McCrory's lawyers respond to media lawsuit," WNCN, September 28, http://wncn.com/2015/09/28/mccrorys-lawyers-respond-to-media-lawsuit/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"New sales tax distribution won't fix rural NC," Jefferson Post, September 27, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1320/new-sales-tax-distribution-wont-fi...
(Patrick McHugh op-ed)

"Last minute bill would limit food assistance, expand hunger in NC," Jefferson Post, September 27, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1329/last-minute-bill-would-limit-food-...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Legislature revs up tax on car repair, other services," Asheville Citizen-Times, September 26, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2015/09/26/legislature-revs-up-t...
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"Ask SAM: What to do if HOA can't attract enough board members," Winston-Salem Journal, September 26, http://www.journalnow.com/news/ask_sam/ask-sam-what-to-do-if-hoa-can-t-a...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The new political slush fund," Hickory Daily Record, September 26, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/the-new-political-slush-fund/articl...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The latest undemocratic effort to dismantle public education," Winston-Salem Journal, September 26, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-latest-... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1311/the-latest-undemocratic-effort-to-..., Anson Record: http://ansonrecord.com/opinion/941/the-latest-undemocratic-effort-to-dis..., Charlotte Sun-Times: http://charlotte.suntimes.com/clt-politics-government/7/93/158516/the-la...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Medicaid privatization," Greenville Daily Reflector, September 26, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-medicaid-privatizat... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-legislators..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/lawmakers-ignore-their-..., The Daily Advance: https://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/other-views/fitzsimon-lawmakers-ign...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Dollar's argument against Medicaid reform impressive but in vain," Raleigh News & Observer, September 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article36600768.html
(Chris Fitzsimon op-ed)

"Former senior deputy AG will seek office of attorney general," Yadkin Ripple, September 25, http://yadkinripple.com/news/politics/1286/former-senior-deputy-ag-will-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Concerns raised about special funds to be controlled by top NC lawmakers," Raleigh News & Observer, September 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"North Carolina's incredible, shrinking commitment to environmental protection," Jefferson Post, September 24, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1296/north-carolinas-incredible-shrinki...
(Rob Schofield column)

"An NC tax plan that's an exercise in villainy," Raleigh News & Observer, September 24, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article36473067.html
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Flawed budget formula won't improve NC's economy," Richmond County Daily Journal, September 23, http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/16546/flawed-budget-formula-... (also at the Robesonian: https://robesonian.com/opinion/80183/budget-shouldnt-be-on-autopilot, Wilkes Journal-Patriot: http://www.journalpatriot.com/opinion/budgets-use-flawed-formula/article...)
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"Dismantling traditional public schools," Richmond County Daily Journal, September 23, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/16571/dismantling-tradition...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Connect NC Bond Act out of step with cutting taxes," Jefferson Post, September 23, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1279/connect-nc-bond-act-out-of-step-wi...
(Patrick McHugh op-ed)

"Wage earners bear burden," Tideland News, September 23, http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/tideland_news/opinions/article_818310...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Volkswagen scandal offers lesson for CEO-worshipping NC lawmakers," Charlotte Observer, September 22, www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/o-pinion/article3615...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"WIDU gives a local voice to community issues," Up and Coming Weekly, September 22, http://upandcomingweekly.com/content/view/2912/26/
(cites Chris Ftizsimon)

"McCrory: NC budget balances tax cuts, school needs," Asheville Citizen-Times, September 22, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2015/09/21/mccrory-nc-budget-bal...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"More health insurers asking to increase rates," Raleigh News & Observer, September 21, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article36015303.html
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Caregivers deserve living wage," Raleigh News & Observer, September 21, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article3600365...
(NC Justice Center-written LTE)

"New budget increases taxes on the poor," Independent Tribune, September 20, http://www.independenttribune.com/opinion/columnists/the-fitzsimon-file-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"McCrory gives state employees a video thanks instead of a raise," Hickory Daily Record, September 19, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/mccrory-gives-state-employees-a-vid...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Ed Block: A 'redistribution scheme,'" Raleigh News & Observer, September 19, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article3573197...
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Another September, another federal government shutdown?" Charlotte Observer, September 19, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article35749257.html
(cites Rob Schofield)

"NC budget: More sales tax in 2016, income tax cuts in 2017," Raleigh News & Observer, September 19, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Gap widens between NC and US jobless rates," Winston-Salem Journal, September 18, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/gap-widens-betwee...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Bill offers lower amount than NC House wanted for state economic recruitment," Greensboro News & Record, September 18, http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/bill-offers-lower-amount-than-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The ways regressive tax hikes will hurt NC poor," Raleigh News & Observer, September 18, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article35727654.html (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-regressive-taxes-29...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Regressive tax-hike snuck into budget," Henderson Daily Dispatch, September 17, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-regressive-tax-hike-s... (also at Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1245/the-regressive-tax-hike-for-low-in..., Dunn Daily Record: http://www.mydailyrecord.com/ee/dunndailyrecord/index.php?pSetup=dunndai...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"School choice divides NC education," The Daily Tar Heel, September 17, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/09/school-choice-divides-nc-edu...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Leaders praise education decisions, rush to meet budget deadline," Jefferson Post, September 17, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1227/leaders-praise-education-decisions...
(Sarah Ovaska column)

"The war on public employees continues," Jefferson Post, September 17, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1229/the-war-on-public-employees-continues
(Rob Schofield column)

"A telling defense of an inadequate budget," Winston-Salem Journal, September 17, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-a-telling-d... (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/lawmakers-can-t-defend-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"McCrory: NC magistrates should 'do what they swore to do,'" WNCN, September 17, http://wncn.com/2015/09/17/mccrory-nc-magistrates-should-do-what-they-sw...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"State budget deals were cut in backrooms," Richmond County Daily Journal, September 17, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/16372/state-budget-deals-we... (also at the Robesonian: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/lawmakers-can-t-defend-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Politics alleged in Obamacare grant," Courthouse News Service, September 17, http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/09/17/politics-alleged-in-obamacare-g...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Smith flips, votes in favor of budget," The Robesonian, September 17, http://robesonian.com/news/1617/news-home_top-sports-50157124-mcgirt-con... (also at Red Springs Citizen: http://redspringscitizen.com/news/1617/smith-flips-votes-in-favor-of-budget)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"North Carolina budget compromise gets final Senate approval," WRAL, September 16, http://www.wral.com/north-carolina-budget-compromise-gets-final-senate-a...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"GOP abandoning promises of deficit-neutral tax reform?" Politico, September 16, http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-tax/2015/09/pro-morning-tax-21...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"NC budget compromise gets final Senate approval," Asheville Citizen-Times, September 16, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2015/09/16/nc-budget-compromise-... (also at Blue Ridge Now: http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20150917/NEWS/150919859, Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article354639..., Statesville Record & Landmark: http://www.statesville.com/news/state/ap/north-carolina-budget-compromis..., Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/16/north-carolina-budget-co...)
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Five findings: Tax-cut plan will harm North Carolina's competitive position," Tax Justice Blog, September 16, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2015/09/guest_post_five_findings_t...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"What's missing in the buzz over N.C.'s retirement system," Southern Pines Pilot, September 15, http://www.thepilot.com/opinion/what-s-missing-in-the-buzz-over-n-c-s/ar... (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/missing-buzz-over-state...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"North Carolina finally has something resembling a state budget," Independent Weekly, September 15, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/09/15/north-carolina-finally-...
(quotes Alexadra Forter Sirota)

"Educators unhappy with state budget," WNCT, September 15, http://wnct.com/2015/09/15/educators-unhappy-with-state-budget/
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Study says quality jobs, wages, aren't improving," Go Dan River, September 14, http://www.godanriver.com/work_it_sova/news/study-says-quality-jobs-wage...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"An NC budget that protects a few rather than serving many," Raleigh News & Observer, September 14, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article35253714.html
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"With wages stagnating, the price of many necessities soars," Jefferson Post, September 14,
http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1188/with-wages-stagnating-the-price-of...
(Patrick McHugh op-ed)

"TABOR is bad for North Carolina," Greensboro News & Record, September 13, http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/columns/tabor-is-bad-for-north-carolin...
(Cedric Johnson op-ed)

"The top seven education issues in the state budget," Jefferson Post, September 12, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1172/the-top-seven-education-issues-in-...
(Lindsay Wagner column)

"The top few kept budget details secret," Winston-Salem Journal, September 12, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-top-few...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Growing concentration of power," Henderson Daily Dispatch, September 10, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-growing-concentration... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-concentration-power...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Actual North Carolina unemployment still in double digits," Jefferson Post, September 10, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1155/actual-north-carolina-unemployment...
(Patrick McHugh op-ed)

"Numbers help tell story of North Carolina's workforce," The Daily Advance, September 9, https://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/other-views/fitzsimon-numbers-help-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"New rule may increase pay for home care workers," Raleigh News & Observer, September 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article34510389.html
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"NC maintains fourth highest enrollment under Affordable Care Act," Raleigh News & Observer, September 8, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article34386054.html
(cites Adam Linker)

"On Labor Day, what's wrong with labor in North Carolina?" Independent Weekly, September 8, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/09/08/on-labor-day-whats-wron...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Senate stalls bill to make GPS stalking illegal," Raleigh News & Observer, September 8, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Report puts focus on quality, not quantity, of new jobs," Winston-Salem Journal, September 8, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/report-puts-focus-on-quality-not-qu...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Jobs report says technology is changing the workforce landscape," WFDD, September 8, http://wfdd.org/post/jobs-report-says-technology-changing-workforce-land...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Fewer W-S employers plan to hire in fourth quarter," Winston-Salem Journal, September 8, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/fewer-w-s-employe...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Another round of stigmatizing grades for low-income schools," Jefferson Post, September 7, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1128/another-round-of-stigmatizing-grad...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"New study sheds light on jobs, economy in North Carolina," WNCT, September 7, http://wnct.com/2015/09/07/new-study-sheds-light-on-jobs-economy-in-nort...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Labor Day now honors a workforce that's growing, not always for the better," Greensboro News & Record, September 7, http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/labor-day-now-honors-a-workfor...
(cites Patrick McHugh)

"Erosion of trust in way things work on Jones Street," Hickory Daily Record, September 4, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/erosion-of-trust-in-way-things-work... (also at the Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-erosion-of-trust-on-j..., Richmond County Daily Journal: https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/16118/erosion-of-trust-in-r..., The Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/opinion/79624/erosion-of-trust-on-jones-street)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC lottery draws losing card with critics," The Daily Tar Heel, September 4, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/09/nc-lottery-draws-losing-card...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Stigmatizing grades for poor schools," Richmond County Daily Journal, September 3, https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/15936/stigmatizing-grades-f... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-it-s-the-le..., Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-stigmatizing-school..., The Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/opinion/79513/support-dont-stigmatize-schools, Southern Pines Pilot: http://www.thepilot.com/opinion/columns/more-stigmatizing-grades-for-low..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/another-round-stigmatiz..., Charlotte Sun-Times: charlotte.suntimes.com/clt-politics-government/7/93/148378/another-round-of-stigmatizing-grades-for-low-income-schools)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Old video endorsement could pose ethics question for McCrory," WRAL, September 3, http://www.wral.com/old-video-endorsement-could-pose-ethics-question-for...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Graduation rates rise; grades for schools still controversial," Independent Tribune, September 23, http://www.independenttribune.com/news/graduation-rates-rise-grades-for-...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"UNC school system looks for new leaders," Jefferson Post, September 2, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/1076/unc-school-system-looks-for-new-le...
(Sarah Ovaska column)

"Equal rights and labor," Bill LuMaye Show, September 2, http://billlumaye.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-bill-lumaye-show-9-2-15-11am-...
(Jeff Shaw interview)

"NLRB decision on 'joint employers' likely to mean big changes for North Carolina businesses," Triangle Business Journal, September 2, http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2015/09/02/nlrb-decision-on-joi...
(quotes Clermont Ripley)

"Clinton and 'The Donald' seen as untrustworthy; Biden trumps," The Daily Tar Heel, September 2, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/09/clinton-and-the-donald-seen-...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Glazier successor back in N. Carolina House, gets sworn in," WRAL, September 1, http://www.wral.com/glazier-successor-back-in-n-carolina-house-gets-swor... (also at WECT: http://www.wect.com/story/29933928/glazier-successor-back-in-n-carolina-...,
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Billy Richardson sworn in at state House," Fayetteville Observer, September 1, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/billy-richardson-sworn-in-at-state...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"New NC House member sworn in to Rick Glazier's post," Raleigh News & Observer, September 1, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites NC Justice Center)

Also see clips from August 2015, July 2015, June 2015, May 2015, April 2015, March 2015, February 2015, January 2015, December 2014, November 2014, October 2014, September 2014, August 2014, July 2014, June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014, January 2014 and March 2009-December 2013.