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Alexandra Forter Sirota

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Five strategies for a fiscally responsible state budget

Paying for investments that spread prosperity (Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from a recent BTC Brief released by the North Carolina Budget ...
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NC Policy Watch top stories of 2014: It’s workers who are actually paying down NC’s unemployment insurance debt

[Editor’s note: During the holidays, NC Policy Watch is taking a look back at 2014 by featuring some of our top news stories ...
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It’s workers who are actually paying down NC’s unemployment insurance debt

North Carolina’s unemployment insurance debt is being paid down, but a little recognized fact is that it is workers who have contributed the ...
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Defending the American Dream

As we pause this week to honor the service and sacrifices made by veterans to protect our freedom and the American Dream, we ...
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Key pillars of a strong and fair economy are crumbling in North Carolina

A strong state Earned Income Tax Credit and a robust minimum wage are twin pillars that together form the foundation of a stronger ...
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State budget preview: Why last year’s tax cuts are giving rise to big problems

It is increasingly clear that the changes to state law in the tax plan enacted last year by the North Carolina General Assembly ...
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No “Carolina Comeback”– Just a “Carolina Setback” for too many jobless workers

In recent months, Governor McCrory and his supporters have pointed to a number of controversial steps lawmakers took in 2013, like cutting unemployment ...
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Lost lessons from the Great Depression

As we reflect on the 50 years that have passed since President Lyndon Johnson launched America’s “War on Poverty,” it is also important ...
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Punishment of the poor only worsens economic hard times

An inaccurate and counter-productive pattern has reemerged of late in the way many powerful politicians talk about and understand poverty. And it is ...
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Reversing course on education and taxes needed for long-term prosperity

The new school year has barely begun, but it’s not too soon to grade North Carolina lawmakers and the governor on their commitment ...
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