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Five big state budget questions

Five big state budget questions

The last week brought an optimistic tone to lingering budget negotiations on Jones Street, but plenty of important issues remain …

September 4th, 2015 |  

A historic month for voting rights sheds light on the fight ahead

A historic month for voting rights sheds light on the fight ahead

This August marked the anniversary of two major milestones in the journey for American voting rights. The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing …

September 3rd, 2015 |  

UNC school system looks for new leaders

UNC school system looks for new leaders

As a slate of appointed leaders get closer to appointing a new head of North Carolina’s higher education system, details …

September 2nd, 2015 |  

Fixing failing schools

Fixing failing schools

North Carolina has been talking for years about fixing failing schools, but so far it is mostly talk. It isn’t …

September 1st, 2015 |  

A growing national movement comes to a key battleground state

A growing national movement comes to a key battleground state

In case you hadn’t noticed, something new and important is afoot in the country. It’s often messy and unscripted and …

August 31st, 2015 |  

Disappointing news about a budget that’s almost two months late

Disappointing news about a budget that’s almost two months late

The news this week that legislative leaders will miss another deadline in their efforts to pass a two-year state budget …

August 30th, 2015 |  

More jobless workers than job openings in most NC counties

More jobless workers than job openings in most NC counties

While North Carolina has certainly turned a corner in job creation after six years of an official economic recovery, it …

August 29th, 2015 |  

A plea for help

A plea for help

When you create or build something — say a child or a business — you typically try to nurture it …

August 27th, 2015 updated: August 27th, 2015. |  

A Moderate’s view of the state of our state

A Moderate’s view of the state of our state

It has been four years since Republicans took control of our legislature. They now control all three branches of state …

August 26th, 2015 |  

The real reform that would help low-income students

The real reform that would help low-income students

One of the most often cited justifications for the radical education “reforms” in the General Assembly these days is that …

August 25th, 2015 |  

Dissecting budget quotes

Dissecting budget quotes

If I’ve heard it once from state legislators, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “The state budget is the most …

August 24th, 2015 |  

What’s behind the nation’s productivity slump?

What’s behind the nation’s productivity slump?

We all hear about trends in jobs, the unemployment rate, household income, consumer spending and economic growth. These important economic …

August 23rd, 2015 |  

The real reform that would help low-income students

The real reform that would help low-income students

One of the most often cited justifications for the radical education “reforms” in the General Assembly these days is that …

August 19th, 2015 |  

NC Senate’s Medicaid ‘reform’ plan is not the answer

NC Senate’s Medicaid ‘reform’ plan is not the answer

Legislators have set some laudable goals for reforming the state’s Medicaid system. Medicaid, as a reminder, is a health insurance …

August 19th, 2015 |  

Senate measure runs counter to North Carolinians’ values

Senate measure runs counter to North Carolinians’ values

North Carolinians value a quality education for every child, a vibrant main street, safe communities and a healthy environment for …

August 18th, 2015 |  

Letter to the editor

To the Editor: I would like to extend a big Thank You to everyone who spent time and effort to …

August 17th, 2015 |  

Senate leaders’ appalling definition of ‘more than fair’

Senate leaders’ appalling definition of ‘more than fair’

During last Monday night’s brief Senate debate over a proposed change by Senator Brent Jackson to a package of constitutional …

August 16th, 2015 |  

Serious proposal or budget tactic?

Serious proposal or budget tactic?

As the House and Senate work toward a final state budget compromise for this fiscal year, it’s sometimes difficult to …

August 14th, 2015 |  

House education proposal would dramatically hasten public school privatization

House education proposal would dramatically hasten public school privatization

As the 2015 session of the North Carolina General Assembly stumbles along through its eighth calendar month with no real …

August 13th, 2015 |  

Worrying about Trump

Worrying about Trump

What did Hillary Clinton tell Donald Trump when he invited her to his wedding? She said, “I will come to …

August 12th, 2015 |  

Don’t blame state employees

Don’t blame state employees

It is understandable how public employees may feel like punching bags. They are subject to jabs that there are too …

August 11th, 2015 updated: August 11th, 2015. |  

North Carolina’s curious response to EPA’s Clean Power Plan

In one way, the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants …

August 10th, 2015 |  

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