In the News

June 2016

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"The far-right crusade continues," Anson Record, June 30, http://ansonrecord.com/opinion/columns/3198/the-far-right-crusade-continues
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Lowering NC's tax cap would be a mistake," Raleigh News & Observer, June 30, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article87002472.html
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC bill could prevent teachers from practicing civil disobedience," Education Week, June 30, http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2016/06/should_teachers_be...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC legislators may be closer to HB2 compromise," Winston-Salem Journal, June 30, http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/nc-legislators-may-be-closer...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Leaving HB2's discrimination in place is neither a compromise nor a fix," New Bern Sun Journal, June 30, http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160630/chris-fitzsimon-leaving-hb2s-d... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-revised-hb-..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/opinion/column-leaving-hb-s-discrimination-..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/leaving-hb2-s-discrimin...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Jobs numbers give that '90s look without feel," Shelby Star, June 30, http://www.shelbystar.com/news/20160630/jobs-numbers-give-that-90s-look-...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Bill targeting sanctuary cities and faith IDs approved by the Senate," Chapelboro, June 29, http://chapelboro.com/featured/bill-targeting-sanctuary-cities-and-faith...
(quotes Kate Woomer-Deters)

"Jobless rates in Triad, most counties drop below 5 percent in May," Winston-Salem Journal, June 29, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/jobless-rates-in-...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"HB2 critics say nothing short of full repeal will do," Charlotte Observer, June 29, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article8663393... (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/news/north-carolina/critics-north-carolina-lg...)
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC advocates speak out against 'unnecessary' immigration bill," WNCN, June 28, http://wncn.com/2016/06/28/nc-advocates-speak-out-against-unnecessary-im...
(Kate Woomer-Deters photo)

"Now, North Carolina wants to hold city infrastructure hostage," CityLab, June 28, http://www.citylab.com/politics/2016/06/hb-100-anti-immigrant-bill-punis...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"NC Senate tentatively approves income tax limits, two other proposed constitutional amendments," WRAL, June 27, http://www.wral.com/nc-senate-tentatively-approves-income-tax-limits-two...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"NC Senate's math bill doesn't add up," Lincoln Times-News, June 27, http://www.lincolntimesnews.com/2016/06/27/nc-senates-math-bill-doesnt-add/
(Matt Ellinwood column)

"The Morning Roundup: The Final Stretch," Indy Week, June 27, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/06/27/the-morning-roundup-the...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC Senate moves forward with amendment to cap income tax," Raleigh News & Observer, June 27, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article86321977.html (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/news/north-carolina/senate-moves-forward-inco...)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Legislative leaders joke about undemocratic process," The Mountaineer, June 26, http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/legislative-leaders-joke-about-u...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The Koch Brothers-funded invasion of NC universities continues," The Mountaineer, June 26, http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/the-koch-brothers-funded-invasio...
(Rob Schofield column)

"The damaging and misleading rhetoric about 'failing' schools," Greenville Daily Reflector, June 26, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/06/26/The-damaging-and-misleading-rh... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-budget-..., Richmond County Daily Journal: https://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/38336/the-budget-debate-and..., The Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/opinion/88904/88904, The Mountaineer: http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/the-budget-debate-and-tmisleadin...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The HB2 of taxes is coming to NC," Asheville Citizen-Times, June 24, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/06/24/guest... (also at Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article86269197.html)
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Senate tax measure would take away the voices of North Carolinians, hurt communities," Jefferson Post, June 24, https://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/4283/senate-tax-measure-would-take-awa...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"Local coalition urges residents to comment on NC Medicaid reform plan," Mountain Xpress, June 24, https://mountainx.com/blogwire/local-coalition-urges-residents-to-commen...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Ending discrimination is more important than adjourning the session," New Bern Sun Journal, June 23, http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160623/chris-fitzsimon-ending-discrim... (also at Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/ending-discrimination-m...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Meet N.C. Republicans' latest plan to lock in trickle down," Indy Week, June 22, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/meet-nc-republicans-latest-plan-to-lock...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC legislators debating cap on income tax rate," Asheville Citizen-Times, June 22, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/06/22/nc-legislators-...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Senate budget would vastly expand school voucher program," WRAL, June 22, http://www.wral.com/senate-budget-would-vastly-expand-school-voucher-pro...
(cites Kris Nordstrom)

"Hope Mills mourns former Mayor Eddie Dees," Fayetteville Observer, June 21, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/hope_mills/hope-mills-mourns-former-mayo...
(quotes Rick Glazier)

"Senate lawmakers propose large expansion of school voucher program," WUNC, June 20, http://wunc.org/post/senate-lawmakers-propose-large-expansion-school-vou...
(cites Kris Nordstrom)

"Irresponsible tax shift," Raleigh News & Observer, June 20, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article8488875...
(Cedric Johnson LTE)

"Policy changes in special education spark protest, debate," Durham Herald-Sun, June 20, http://www.heraldsun.com/lifestyles/policy-changes-in-special-education-...
(Billy Ball column)

"Wringing more profit out of healthcare," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, June 20, http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/wringing-more-profit-ou...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Another massacre and nothing changes," Greenville Daily Reflector, June 19, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/06/19/Another-massacre-and-nothing-c... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-the-deadly-..., New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160616/chris-fitzsimon-another-us-mas...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Stand Up Sabbath: NC churches urge an end to gun violence," Charlotte Post, June 18, http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2016/06/18/local-state/stand-up-sab...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Tax Justice Digest: Microsoft, LinkedIn, LA, NC and PA update," Tax Justice Blog, June 17, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2016/06/tax_justice_digest_microso...
(cites Cedric Johnson)

"A puzzling move on a bad idea for the state," Hickory Daily record, June 17, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/local/column-a-puzzling-move-on-a-bad-...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"State jobless rate nears full employment threshold mark," Winston-Salem Journal, June 17, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/state-jobless-rate-nears-full-emplo...
(quotes Patrick McHugh)

"Could CMS, Mecklenburg avoid annual tensions with a funding formula?" Charlotte Observer, June 17, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article8439936... (also at WBTV: http://www.wbtv.com/story/32254232/could-cms-mecklenburg-avoid-annual-te...)
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"This Father's Day, a call for paid family leave," Raleigh News & Observer, June 17, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article84458422.html
(Allan Freyer op-ed)

"State Rundown 6/16: Budgets, tax debates, and legislative progress," Tax Justice Blog, June 16, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2016/06/state_rundown_616_budgets_...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Lawmakers consider increased penalties for some food stamp recipients," WUNC, June 15, http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-consider-increased-penalties-some-food-st...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"NC Senate postpones vote on income tax cap - to a Saturday," Raleigh News & Observer, June 15, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-bl...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Do Senate leaders believe their own claims on teacher pay?" EdNC, June 14, https://www.ednc.org/2016/06/14/senate-leaders-believe-claims-teacher-pay/ (also at Lincoln Times-News: http://www.lincolntimesnews.com/2016/06/15/senate-leaders-believe-claims..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/4200/do-senate-leaders-believe-their-ow...)
(Kris Nordstrom column)

"NC Senate panel approves amendment to shrink income tax cap," Raleigh News & Observer, June 14, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article83735362.html (also at The Olympian: http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article83735362.html, The State: http://www.thestate.com/news/business/article83735362.html, Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2016/06/15/nc-senate-panel-appro..., WRAL: http://www.wral.com/nc-senate-panel-approves-amendment-to-shrink-income-..., Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article83735362.html
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Allowing discrimination is bad economics," Jefferson Post, June 14, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/4154/allowing-discrimination-is-bad-eco...
(Patrick McHugh op-ed)

"Senate tax measure would increase costs, hurt NC communities," Tax Justice Blog, June 14, http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2016/06/guest_blog_post_senate_tax...
(Cedric Johnson column)

"Investors send gun makers' share price soaring after another tragedy," Winston-Salem Journal, June 13, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/investors-send-gun-makers-share-pri...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Repairing the damage to North Carolina from HB2," Greenville Daily Reflector June 12, http://www.reflector.com/Op-Ed/2016/06/12/Repairing-the-damage-to-North-... (also at Winston-Salem Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-repairing-t..., Raleigh News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/dn-opinion/..., Durham Herald-Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/the-obvious-way-to-begin-to-repair-dama..., New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/article/20160609/OPINION/160609027, Richmond County Daily Journal: http://yourdailyjournal.com/opinion/columns/36626/the-obvious-way-to-rep..., Hickory Daily Record: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/local/column-the-follies-of-conflictin..., The Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Other-Views/2016/06/11/Proposed-compromises-..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/4186/the-obvious-way-to-begin-to-repair..., The Robesonian: http://robesonian.com/opinion/88455/a-path-to-fix-hb2-problem)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Primary locks November ballot (almost)," Asheville Citizen-Times, June 10, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/06/10/view-pr...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"The increasingly intense effort to dismantle public education," New Bern Sun Journal, June 10, http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160610/chris-fitzsimon-increasingly-i... (also at Wilmington Star-News: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20160610/ARTICLES/160619993?Title=..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/4214/the-increasingly-intense-effort-to...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Bill would require reporting of lottery winnings of more than $2,250," Winston-Salem Journal, June 9, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/bill-would-require-reporting-of-lot...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Stomping on the dreams of deserving students," Raleigh News & Observer, June 9, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article8286516...
(quotes Raul Pinto)

"NC misses out on multiple benefits of Medicaid expansion," Public News Service, June 9, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-06-09/health-issues/nc-misses-out-...
(quotes Nicole Dozier)

"A recipe for civil dialogue started in a kitchen," Charlotte Observer, June 7, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article8232463...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"As legislative leaders tout teacher raises, educators highlight major shortcomings in the House and Senate budgets," EdNC, June 7, https://www.ednc.org/2016/06/07/legislative-leaders-tout-teacher-raises-...
(Billy Ball column)

"What has HB2 accomplished?" Chapelboro, June 6, http://chapelboro.com/columns/the-commentators/what-has-hb2-accomplished
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Wake County Board of Commissioners approves transit plan," Indy Week, June 6, http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2016/06/06/wake-county-board-of-co...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Deportation costly for people, freedom," Asheboro Courier-Tribune, June 6, http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/deportation-costly-peop...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota op-ed)

"Students pay more, stay pays less at UNC schools," Asheville Citizen-Times, June 4, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/06/04/students-pay-mo...
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Virtual charter schools are a bust. So why did the NC House loosen state regulations even further?" Jefferson Post, June 4, http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/4053/virtual-charter-schools-are-a-bust...
(Kris Nordstrom column)

"New overtime rules good news for the middle class," Winston-Salem Journal, June 3, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/clermont-ripley-new-overtim...
(Clermont Ripley op-ed)

"Illinois moving to loosen occupational licensing rules for ex-offenders," RStreet, June 3, http://www.rstreet.org/2016/06/03/illinois-moving-to-loosen-occupational...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Cynical and damaging election year budget," Henderson Daily Dispatch, June 2, http://www.hendersondispatch.com/opinion/fitzsimon-cynical-and-damaging-... (also at New Bern Sun Journal: http://www.newbernsj.com/opinion/20160601/chris-fitzsimon-cynical-and-da..., Jefferson Post: http://jeffersonpost.com/opinion/4077/the-cynical-and-damaging-election-..., Southern Pines Pilot: http://www.thepilot.com/opinion/election-year-senate-budget-cynical-dama..., The Daily Advance: http://www.dailyadvance.com/Opinion/2016/06/04/Despite-teacher-pay-hike-..., Charlotte Sun-Times: http://charlotte.suntimes.com/clt-politics-government/7/93/255744/the-cy..., Asheboro Courier-Tribune: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/staff-columns/election-year-senate-bu...)
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC's revenue growth among best in the U.S." Raleigh News & Observer, June 2, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article8140602...
(cites Rick Glazier)

"Immigration activists protest Wake sheriff's partnering with ICE," WNCN, June 2, http://wncn.com/2016/06/02/immigration-activists-protest-wake-sheriffs-p...
(quotes Kate Woomer-Deters)

"Senate budget includes tax breaks, clarifications," WRAL, June 2, http://www.wral.com/senate-budget-includes-tax-breaks-clarifications/157...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Estudiante con DACA demanda a escuela por negarle admision," QuePasa, June 2, http://raleigh.quepasanoticias.com/noticias/ciudad/local/estudiante-con-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Senate budget proposal headed for approval," Greensboro News & Record, June 2, http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/senate-budget-proposal-headed-...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Medicaid reform request heads to DC without expansion on board," Winston-Salem Journal, June 2, http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/medicaid-reform-request-heads-to-d-...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Strong CFPB rule needed even in payday-free states," American Banker, June 1, http://www.americanbanker.com/bankthink/strong-cfpb-rule-needed-even-in-...
(Al Ripley column)

"Sales tax collections would grow under Senate budget plan," Raleigh News & Observer, June 1, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/arti...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Will lawmakers bolster a program that sends tax dollars to religious schools?" Indy Week, June 1, http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/will-lawmakers-bolster-a-program-that-s...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

Also see clips from May 2016, April 2016, March 2016, February 2016, January 2016, December 2015, November 2015, October 2015, September 2015, August 2015, July 2015, June 2015, May 2015, April 2015, March 2015, February 2015, January 2015, and March 2009-December 2014.