In the News

March 2015

Also see clips from 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.

"NC teacher scholarship would target rural school districts," The Daily Tar Heel, March 31, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/03/nc-teacher-scholarship-would...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"NC Senate bill cuts taxes, ignores lost revenue," Raleigh News & Observer, March 30, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article16951568.html
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Helping struggling students: Lawmakers say some plans are inefficient," WUNC, March 30, http://wunc.org/post/helping-struggling-students-lawmakers-say-some-plan...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"NC schools would remain on 15-point grading scale under new proposal," The Daily Tar Heel, March 30, www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/03/nc-schools-would-remain-on-15-point...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"The N.C. lottery's losing numbers," Raleigh News & Observer, March 29, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article16525379.html
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"The sluggish 'Comeback,'" Greenville Daily Reflector, March 28, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-sluggish-comeback-2...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC Senate Republicans propose more tax cuts," Raleigh News & Observer, March 28, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"For NC, growth without prosperity," Laurinburg Exchange, March 28, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152582301...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Hold the applause for NC's sputtering recovery," Raleigh News & Observer, March 28, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article16523888.html
(Patrick McHugh column)

"Asheville restaurant workers unite for labor rights," Asheville Citizen-Times, March 27, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/03/27/asheville-resta...
(quotes Clermont Ripley)

"North Carolina's GOP's regressive tax changes could incite backlash at polls," RH Reality Check, March 27, http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/03/27/north-carolina-gops-regress...
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"Lawmakers try to charge K-12 schools for not adequately preparing kids," Education Watchdog, March 27, http://watchdog.org/208966/k-12-remedial-classes/
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Conference on poverty to be held at UNCW," Wilmington Star-News, March 27, http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150327/ARTICLES/150329760
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"People's Biz: N.C. Policy Watch's Rob Schofield says 'mad rush' by GOP legislators has slowed," Fayetteville Observer, March 27, http://www.fayobserver.com/blogs/news/peoples_business/people-s-biz-n-c-...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"Telling admission in local states tax debate," Henderson Daily Dispatch, March 26, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x268553533/Fitzsimon-Telling-ad... (also at Richmond Daily Journal: http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion_columns/152551644/A-telling..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/152535804/A-telling-admission-..., Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-a-telling-a..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article16941728.html)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"State bill to restore medical expense tax deduction advances," Winston-Salem Journal, March 25, http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/state-bill-to-restore-medica...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Oh, the tax contradictions," Greensboro News & Record, March 24, http://www.news-record.com/blogs/clark_off_the_record/oh-the-tax-contrad...
(cites Chris Ftizsimon)

"A-F school accountability over in Virginia after Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs bill," Education Week, March 24, http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2015/03/accountability_virg...
(cites Lindsay Wagner)

"1-in-5 eligible workers drawing jobless benefits," Winston-Salem Journal, March 23, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/in--eligible-work...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Incentives, tax breaks fuel ongoing rift in Raleigh," Morganton News-Herald, March 23, http://www.morganton.com/opinion/incentives-tax-breaks-fuel-ongoing-rift...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Inside Politics: Poll finds shift in support for fight against Islamic State group," Fayetteville Observer, March 22, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/inside-politics-poll-finds-shift-i...
(cites Rob Schofield)

"The rift in Raleigh," Greensboro News & Record, March 22, http://www.news-record.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/the-rift-in-raleig...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Political revenge more important than public schools," Winston-Salem Journal, March 21, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-political-r...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"State Senate brings the pettiness to Raleigh," Hickory Daily Record, March 21, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-state-senate-brings... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: https://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-pettiness-raleigh-...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Triad unemployment rate tops 5 percent," Winston-Salem Journal, March 20, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/triad-unemploymen...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"'Blank bills' in the NC Senate: Good idea or just wrong?" Charlotte Observer, March 20, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article1545099...
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"Notarios, abogados y representantes acreditados por el BIA," Que Pasa, March 19, http://raleigh.quepasanoticias.com/noticias/raleigh/temas-legales/322361...
(Kate Woomer-Deters column)

"Good or bad government? 'Blank bills' and the NC Senate," WFAE, March 19, http://wfae.org/post/good-or-bad-government-blank-bills-and-nc-senate
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

"North Carolina taxpayers report leaner state returns in 2015," Public News Service, March 19, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-03-19/consumer-issues/north-caroli...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"The outrage of ending North Carolina's teaching fellows program," Raleigh News & Observer, March 19, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article15384026.html
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"McCrory bashes N.C. Senate incentives plan; Berger swings back," Charlotte Business Journal, March 19, http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/power_city/2015/03/mccrory-bas...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Economic struggle fact of NC life," The Charlotte Post, March 19, http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2015/03/19/local/economic-struggle-...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Want a seat on the UNC Bd. of Governors? Right a check," Beaufort Observer, March 19, http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Articles-NEWS-and-COMMENTARY-c-2015-03-1...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Want to be on UNC board?" Salisbury Post, March 19, http://www.salisburypost.com/2015/03/19/want-to-be-on-unc-board/
(Sarah Ovaska column)

"Making Ends Meet: Report highlights NC's ongoing economic struggle," Public News Service, March 18, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-03-18/livable-wages-working-famili...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Fund driver's ed," Durham Herald-Sun, March 18, http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/x367831518/Fund-drivers-ed
(cites Lindsay Wagner)

"Fayetteville lawyer Mike Williford to serve on UNC Board of Governors," Fayetteville Observer, March 18, http://www.fayobserver.com/blogs/news/peoples_business/fayetteville-lawy...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC's top judge says the state's justice system needs funds," The Daily Tar Heel, March 18, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/03/ncs-top-judge-says-the-state...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"NC bill would add $5 million to incentive fund," Winston-Salem Journal, March 18, http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/nc-bill-would-add-million-to...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC Senate, McCrory at odds on incentives, corporate taxes," Raleigh News & Observer, March 18, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"Gov.McCrory blasts Senate GOP 'Jobs Bill,'" WECT, March 18, http://www.wect.com/story/28556906/gov-mccrory-blasts-senate-gop-jobs-bill
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"North Carolina editorial roundup," Raleigh News & Observer, March 18, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article15307571.html
(cites Lindsay Wagner)

"Vindictiveness killed Fellows program," The Robesonian, March 18, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152432159/Vindict...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Freeze on seasonal workers halted," Raleigh News & Observer, March 18, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article15243068.html
(cites Clermont Ripley)

“Ask Sam: When rain obscures traffic lines, slow down,” Winston-Salem Journal, March 18, http://www.journalnow.com/news/ask_sam/ask-sam-when-rain-obscures-traffi...
(cites Jason Pikler)

“Report questions North Carolina’s economic recovery,” The Daily Tar Heel, March 18, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/03/report-questions-ncs-economi...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Annual recalculation reduces unemployment statistics," Winston-Salem Journal, March 17, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/annual-recalculat...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

“Reality Check: Job development investment grant,” WLOS, March 17, http://www.wlos.com/news/features/reality/stories/reality-check-job-deve...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

“Forgiving vs. forgetting,” The Marshall Project, March 17, https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/03/17/forgiving-vs-forgetting
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Full economic recovery still eludes North Carolina seven years after the Great Recessionm" RealEstateRama, March 16, http://northcarolina.realestaterama.com/2015/03/18/full-economic-recover...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

“Analyst: NC bill to raise minimum wage likely to go nowhere,” Winston-Salem Journal, March 16, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/analyst-nc-bill-t...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"Schools after surge: How they've dealt with 2014's flood of undocumented minors," Fox Latino, March 16, http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2015/03/16/schools-after-immi...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Freeze on seasonal workers hurts NC employers," Raleigh News & Observer, March 16, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article14670227.html (also at the State: http://www.thestate.com/2015/03/16/4050304/freeze-on-seasonal-workers-hu...)
(quotes Clermont Ripley)

"Operatives recycle Hagan claim," Carolina Journal, March 16, http://www.carolinajournal.com/daily_journal/display.html?id=11872 (also at Gaston Gazette: http://www.gastongazette.com/opinion/columns/column-operatives-recycle-h...)
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"The minimum wage needs to rise to a living wage," Raleigh News & Observer, March 14, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article14382749.html
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Supreme Court ruling on Affordable Care Act could leave thousands in N.C. without insurance," Fayetteville Observer, March 14, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/supreme-court-ruling-on-affordable... (also at Insurance News Net: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2015/03/15/supreme-court-ruling-on-...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

“Right, left in accord,” Raleigh News & Observer, March 13, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/clayton-news-star/cns-o...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Corporate giveaways are not a good deal for North Carolina," Wall Street Journal, March 13, http://www.wsj.com/articles/mitch-kokai-corporate-giveaways-are-not-a-go...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"State Senate bullies local government," Winston-Salem Journal, March 13, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-state-senat... (also at Greenville Daily Reflector: http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-politics-revenge-28..., Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x268550764/Fitzsimon-Political-..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/152429596/Political-revenge-mo...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"N.C. senator proposes eliminating student education plans," Raleigh News & Observer, March 13, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article13997114.html
(quotes Chris Hill)

“Cary councilman leaves GOP,” Raleigh News & Observer, March 13, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article14051...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"The bullying politics of revenge continues in Raleigh," Hickory Daily Record, March 13, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-the-bullying...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC tax cuts hiked for many," Raleigh News & Observer, March 12, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article13919792.html
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

"NC budget picture improves, but shortfall still in forecast," Raleigh News & Observer, March 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Groups to propose solutions for equality in Wake County schools," Raleigh News & Observer, March 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/wake-ed-blog/article135...
(cites NC Justice Center)

“Club Notes: March 15, Raleigh News & Observer, March 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/north-raleigh-news/nrn-...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Political opposites attract in NC," Salisbury Post, March 11, http://www.salisburypost.com/2015/03/11/political-opposites-attract-in-nc/ (also at Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/03/11/ralei...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC flunking on smoking prevention," The Robesonian, March 11, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152302284/NC-flun... (also at Henderson Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x1102664544/Fitzsimon-Backward-..., Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/152299464/North-Carolinas-back...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Legislature should build on McCrory's moves on education," Asheville Citizen-Times, March 11, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/03/11/legisla...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Lost privilege taxes are hurting Raleigh and other NC cities," Raleigh News & Observer, March 11, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article13531481.html
(uses BTC framing)

"State's incentive debate," Greenville Daily Reflector, March 9, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-state8217s-incentiv...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"McCrory's budget stays the course," Clayton News-Star, March 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/clayton-news-star/artic...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Carolina combeack? Not yet," Faytetteville Observer, March 9, http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/news_columns/columnist-carolina-comeb...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

“Politicians embrace pivot,” Tideland News, March 8, http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/tideland_news/opinions/article_59a7fc...
(cites Chris Fitzsimon)

"Impact of NC income tax overhaul hits taxpayers," Charlotte Observer, March 7, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article12938894.html
(quotes Cedric Johnson)

“The next phase of the unaccountability movement in education,” Hickory Daily Record, March 7, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/chris-fitzsimon-column-the-next-pha...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"From McCrory, an underwhelming budget plan," Raleigh News & Observer, March 7, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article12948245.html
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"A budget stays the wrong course," Charlotte Observer, March 7, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article12862949.html
(uses BTC framing)

“Popping ideological bubbles,” Burlington Times-News, March 6, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/popping-ideological-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"McCrory releases 'extremely tight' budget," The Robesonian, March 6, http://www.robesonian.com/news/news/152213954/McCrory-releases-extremely... (also at Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article125712..., WRAL: http://www.wral.com/mccrory-wants-nc-budget-plan-to-be-legislature-s-blu..., Carolina Coast: http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_4a03a6d0-c391-11e4..., ABC-11: http://abc11.com/politics/mccrory-budget-proposes-raises-for-teachers-la..., Hampton Roads Pilot: http://hamptonroads.com/2015/03/nc-budget-proposes-raises-teachers-law-o...)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Pat McCrory's budget is mixed bag for UNC system," The Daily Tar Heel, March 6, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/03/pat-mccrorys-budget-is-mixed...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

“In NC, a Republican lawmakers finds time to think,” Raleigh News & Observer, March 5, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article12714350.html
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"A school scandal in the making," Richmond Daily Journal, March 5, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152198254/A...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"McCrory pitches a stay-the-course budget," Raleigh News & Observer, March 5, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti... (also at The State: http://www.thestate.com/2015/03/09/4034992/mccrorys-budget-stays-the-cou...)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"A revealing moment in incentive debate," Henderson Daily Dispatch, March 5, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/x923741844/Fitzsimon-A-revealin...
(Chris Fitzismon column)

"McCrory proposes slow growth state budget," Asheville Citizen-Times, March 5, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/03/05/mccrory-propose...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"McCrory budget restores historic tax credits, boosts education spending," Winston-Salem Journal, March 5, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/mccrory-budget-restores-historic-ta...
(quotes Tazra Mitchell)

"NC's new budget director a 'quick study,'" Charlotte Observer, March 4, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article12542012.html
(quotes Chris Fitzsimon)

“A softer approach to legislating,” The Robesonian, March 4, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/152177254/A-softe...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Legislators knock politics of redistricting," The Daily Tar Heel, March 4, http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/03/legislators-knock-politics-o...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"State rundown 3/4: Other, less controversial speeches before legislatures," Tax Justice Blog, March 4, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2015/03/state_rundown_34_other_les...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Private school vouchers: The forbidden fruit," Baptist News Global, March 3, http://baptistnews.com/opinion/columns/item/29866-private-school-voucher...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Bill would double NC fund for economic incentives," Winston-Salem Journal, March 3, http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/bill-would-double-nc-fund-fo...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Don't punish successful cities," Durham Herald-Sun, March 3, http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/x1271338164/Don-t-punish-successful-cities
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC rural-urban split an issue in job grant bill," WFDD, March 2, http://wfdd.org/post/nc-rural-urban-split-issue-job-grant-bill
(cites NC Justice Center)

"The poor are with us; let's help them," Fayetteville Observer, March 2, http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/news_columns/troy-williams-the-poor-a...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Economic incentives bill to again test NC urban-rural divide," Statesville Record & Landmark, March 1, http://www.statesville.com/news/state/ap/economic-incentives-bill-to-aga... (also at Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/03/01/economic-incent..., WRAL: http://www.wral.com/economic-incentives-bill-to-again-test-nc-urban-rura..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/03/01/4591761/economic-incentives-bill-..., Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/1/economic-incentives-bill-..., Rockford Register Star: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/N/NC_CAPITOL_LETTER_NCOL-?SITE=ILRO..., Rocky Mount Telegram: https://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/ncwire/economic-incentives-bill-..., The Tribune: http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/c8e59454776044679530e08ac4b250e1/NC--...)
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"JDIG program critical development tool for WNC jobs," Asheville Citizen-Times, March 1, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/03/01/jdig-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

Also see clips from 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.