In the News

July 2014

Also see clips from June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014, January 2014, December 2013, November 2013, October 2013, September 2013, August 2013, July 2013, June 2013, May 2013, April 2013, March 2013, February 2013, January 2013, and March 2009-December 2012.

"GOP lawmakers: Where's the money?" Burlington Times-News, July 31, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/gop-lawmakers-where-...
(NC Policy Watch column)

"Teacher pay raises range from .3 to 18%," Hendersonville Lightning, July 31, http://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/four-seasons-politics/3042-teache...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"The cases for and against cuts to jobless benefits," The State of Things (WUNC), July 31, http://wunc.org/post/cases-and-against-cuts-jobless-benefits (also at WCQS (Western NC Public Radio): http://wcqs.org/post/case-and-against-cuts-jobless-benefits)
(Alexandra Forter Sirota interview)

“Charlotte-area jobless rate hovered at 6.5 percent in June,” Charlotte Observer, July 30, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/30/5075963/charlotte-area-joble...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

“GOP leaders tout budget deal with 7 percent teacher raise,” Charlotte Observer, July 30, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/29/5074620/gop-leaders-tout-bud... (also at The State: http://www.thestate.com/2014/07/29/3590815/gop-leaders-tout-budget-deal-...)
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

“Community notes: July 30,” Eastern Wake News, July 29, http://www.easternwakenews.com/2014/07/29/4029783/community-notes-july-3...
(cites Allan Freyer)

“North Carolina budget deal includes a raise for teachers,” New York Times, July 29, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/us/north-carolina-budget-deal-includes...
(quotes Adam Linker)

“NC budget deal includes teacher raises, but no Medicaid overhaul,” Raleigh News & Observer, July 29, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/29/4037251/nc-gop-legislative-leader... (The State: http://www.thestate.com/2014/07/30/3591611/nc-budget-deal-includes-teach..., Insurance News Net: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/07/30/nc-gop-legislative-leade...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

“Industry leaders react to proposed film incentive program cuts,” WECT, July  29, http://www.wect.com/story/26143631/industry-leaders-react-to-proposed-fi...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"House, Senate leaders outline budget deal," WRAL, July 29, http://www.wral.com/house-senate-leaders-outline-budget-deal/13850084/
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"The missing numbers in the maddening budget soap opera," Jefferson Post, July 29, http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/50042118/The-missing-numbers-i...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC Moral Movies series end Tuesday," WNCT, July 29, http://www.wnct.com/story/26137371/nc-moral-movies-series-end-tuesday
(cites NC Justice Center)

“July 29 community news,” Greenville Daily Reflector, July 28, http://www.reflector.com/community/community-calender/july-29-community-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

“New state law slashes unemployment benefits,” Jacksonville Daily News, July 28, http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/new-state-law-slashes-unemployment-bene...
(quotes Jeff Shaw)

"Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals workshop provides assistance, information," Kinston Free Press, July 26, http://www.kinston.com/news/local/deferred-action-for-early-childhood-ar...
(quotes Kate Woomer-Deters)

"Budget posturing," Greenville Daily Reflector, July 26, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-budget-posturing-25...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"July 27 community news," Greenville Daily Reflector, July 26, http://www.reflector.com/community/community-calender/july-27-community-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

“What the legislature isn’t telling you about 2015,” Gaston Gazette, July 25, http://www.gastongazette.com/opinion/columns/column-what-the-legislature... (also at Asheville Citizen-Times: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/07/26/legis...)
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Morning Memo: Awaiting word on a budget deal on Jones Street," Raleigh News & Observer, July 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/25/4029096/morning-memo-awaiting-wor...
(Cites NC Justice Center)

"Move to center divides G.O.P. in North Carolina," The New York Times, July 25, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/us/politics/move-to-center-divides-gop...
(quotes Rob Schofield)

"Many low-income NC workers are locked out of Medicaid," Raleigh News & Observer, July 25, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/25/4028686/many-low-income-nc-worker... (also at Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/24/5064414/many-low-income-nc-w...)
(quotes Adam Linker)

"NC House approves charter bill after debate on salary disclosure, gay students,” Charlotte Observer, July 25, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/25/5066328/nc-house-approves-ch... (also at Lake Wylie Pilot: http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2014/07/25/2522496/nc-house-approves-chart..., The State: http://www.thestate.com/2014/07/25/3583498/nc-house-approves-charter-bil...)
(cites NC Policy Watch)

"Campbell: About 2015," Greenville Daily Reflector, July 25, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/campbell/campbell-about-2015-2544745
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Immigration workshop warns against scammers," WNCT, July 25, http://www.wnct.com/story/26118062/immigration-workshop-warns-against-sc...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Is a conventional degree to be more preferred than an attitude that makes one a champion," Beaufort Observer, July 24, http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Articles-NEWS-and-COMMENTARY-c-2014-07-2...
(cites Sarah Ovaska)

“Bill forces counties into false choice,” Laurinburg Exchange, July 24, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50043612/...
(Tazra Mitchell column)

"Developing: State Senate calendar surprise - Charter school bill minus transparency and discrimination protections," Camel City Dispatch, July 24, http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/developing-state-senate-calandar-surpri...
(cites Sarah Ovaska)

“N.C. Moral Mondays film series concludes,” Lumina News, July 23, http://luminanews.com/2014/07/n-c-moral-mondays-film-series-concludes/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"McCrory urges Obama to deal with children entering the U.S. illegally," Winston-Salem Journal, July 23, http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/mccrory-urges-obama-to-deal-... (also at Greensboro News & Record: http://www.news-record.com/news/article_2c1992d6-0199-56cb-9457-56061d0d...)
(quotes Dani Moore)

"Immigration workshop set for Friday," Kinston Free Press, July 23, http://www.kinston.com/news/local/immigration-workshop-set-for-friday-1....
(quotes Kate Woomer-Deters)

"Erasing local control," Burlington Times-News, July 23, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/erasing-local-contro...
(Tazra Mitchell column)

“Bill strips tax choices from counties,” The Robesonian, July 22, http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion_columns-opinon/308941/Bill-strips...
(Tazra Mitchell column)

"Liberal PAC says Senate candidate Thom Tillis' tax plan will 'overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy'," PolitiFact, July 22, http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/jul/25/patriot-m...
(cites NC Justice Center)

“NC has closed nine correctional facilities recently, here’s why,” WUNC, July 22, http://wunc.org/post/nc-has-closed-nine-correctional-facilities-recently...
(quotes Bill Rowe)

"Affordable Care Act hit by conflicting rulings, but subsidies to continue," ABC-11, July 22, http://abc11.com/politics/affordable-care-act-hit-by-conflicting-rulings...
(quotes Nicole Dozier)

"Is minimum wage enough?" WNCT, July 22, http://www.wnct.com/story/26087402/is-minimum-wage-enough
(cites NC Policy Watch)

“Restore unemployment insurance,” Transylvania Times, July 21, http://www.transylvaniatimes.com/story/2014/07/21/opinion/restore-unempl...
(cites Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Immigration status harms need-based financial aid eligibility," The Daily Tar Heel, July 21, http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/mccrory-urges-obama-to-deal-...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Trained workers the key to economic growth," Fayetteville Observer, July 21, http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/our-view-trained-workers-the-key-to-e...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

“Business may get early relief from unemployment tax,” Winston-Salem Journal, July 21, http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/business-may-get-...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"N.C.'s new, reduced unemployment benefits in effect," Burlington Times-News, July 20, http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/n-c-s-new-reduced-unemployment... (also at Jacksonville Daily News: http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/new-state-law-slashes-unemployment-bene...)
(quotes Jeff Shaw)

"Statewide anti-poverty group calls for more money for job training," Fayetteville Observer, July 19, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/statewide-anti-poverty-group-calls...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Close the curtain on state budget soap opera," Rockingham County Daily Journal, July 19, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5315076/Clo...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"What's best use of $500 million?" Charlotte Observer, July 19, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/19/5052875/whats-best-use-of-50...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Lee County: Efforts to grow, train workforce highlighted in national report," The Sanford Herald, July 19, http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/x1992157691/LEE-COUNTY-Efforts-to-grow...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"Economic progress," Greenville Daily Reflector, July 19, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-economic-progress-2...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"The harm in N.C. unemployment insurance changes," Winston-Salem Journal, July 19, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/alexandra-forter-sirota-on-...
(Alexandra Forter Sirota column)

“Disputes about teacher pay, Medicaid continue,” Laurinburg Exchange, July 18, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5305369/D...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Another week slides into the dustbin of legislative history," Creative Loafing Charlotte, July 18, http://clclt.com/theclog/archives/2014/07/18/another-week-slides-into-th...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Panelists to look at 'War on Women,'" Hickory Daily Record, July 18, http://www.hickoryrecord.com/news/panelists-to-look-at-war-on-women/arti...
(cites Adam Linker)

"NC jobless rate stuck at 6.4%," Asheville Citizen-Times, July 18, http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/07/18/nc-jobless-rate...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

“Missing numbers in state budget drama,” Burlington Times-News, July 18, http://www.thetimesnews.com/opinion/opinion-columns/missing-numbers-in-s...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Unemployed and making due with less," Women AdvaNCe, July 17, http://womenadvancenc.org/unemployed-and-making-due-with-less/
(cites NC Justice Center)

"War on the poor becomes war on middle class," Laurinburg Exchange, July 17, http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5297676/W...
(Rob Schofield column)

"Carrboro school worries about charter unless standards are changed," WNCN, July 15, http://www.wncn.com/story/26027696/carrboro-school-worries-about-charter...
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Study says changes to unemployment benefits hurting rural areas," Greensboro News & Record, July 14, http://www.news-record.com/business/article_31ff8286-ba6b-5427-9c06-3f8b...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Unemployed workers see changes July 1," Kings Mountain Herald, July 14, http://kmherald.com/unemployed-workers-see-changes-july-p6963-144.htm
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Unemployment insurance changes threaten North Carolina's jobless workers, NC economy," Insurance News Net, July 14, http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/07/15/report-unemployment-insu...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Employment Security sees faster payoff of unemployment debt," Raleigh News & Observer, July 14, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/14/4006141/employment-security-sees-...
(cites NC Justice Center)

"Lawmakers try to have it both ways," Elkin Tribune, July 14, http://www.elkintribune.com/news/opinion/3889004/Lawmakers-try-to-have-i... (also at Laurinburg Exchange: http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/opinion/5249165/Lawmakers-trying-...)
(Rob Schofield column)

"Obamacare doomed? Don't bet on it," Winston-Salem Journal, July 12, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/adam-linker-obamacare-doome... (also at Jefferson Post: http://www.jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion_columns/3883776/Obamacare-doom...)
(Adam Linker column)

"Pinehurst Village Council settles lawsuit over retirement complex," Fayetteville Observer, July 8, http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/pinehurst-village-council-settles-... (also at Insurance News Net: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/07/09/pinehurst-village-counci...)
(quotes Jack Holtzman)

"NC education spending on decades-long slide," WRAL, July 8, http://www.wral.com/nc-education-spending-on-decades-long-slide/13795657/
(quotes Matt Ellinwood)

"Average people must bring change," Greenville Daily Reflector, July 5, http://www.reflector.com/opinion/fitzsimon/fitzsimon-average-people-must...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"It's time to rethink NC tax cuts," Raleigh News & Observer, July 5, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/05/3986821/its-time-to-rethink-nc-ta...
(quotes Alexandra Forter Sirota)

"Moral Movement coming to Winston-Salem Monday for voter suppression hearing," Camel City Dispatch, July 5, http://www.camelcitydispatch.com/moral-movement-coming-to-winston-salem-...
(cites Sharon McCloskey)

"Ideology holding up budget agreement, not Medicaid," Winston-Salem Journal, July 4, http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/chris-fitzsimon-ideology-ho...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"NC legislation would end workplace injury benefits for immigrants here illegally," Raleigh News & Observer, July 3, http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/03/3983906/nc-legislation-would-end-... (also at Insurance News Net: http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/07/03/nc-legislation-would-end...
(quotes Carol Brooke)

"Anti-Medicaid agenda causes budget bungle," Rockingham Daily Journal, July 2, http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/5178939/Ant...
(Chris Fitzsimon column)

"Slight drop in unemployment," Greensboro News & Record, July 2, http://www.news-record.com/business/article_b1a19ac4-01e3-11e4-8bde-001a...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"NC economic recovery concentrated in Triangle," WUNC, July 2, http://wunc.org/post/nc-economic-recovery-concentrated-triangle
(cites BTC)

"County's jobless rate jumps for May," Southern Pines Pilot, July 2, http://www.thepilot.com/business/county-s-jobless-rate-jumps-for-may/art...
(quotes Alexandra Foter Sirota)

"Area adds 5,900 jobs for year through May," Durham Herald-Sun, July 1, http://www.heraldsun.com/business/x1625943601/Area-unemployment-rate-edg...
(quotes Allan Freyer)

"UnitedHealthCare will offer health insurance on N.C. exchange in 2015," WFAE, July 1, http://wfae.org/post/unitedhealthcare-will-offer-health-insurance-nc-exc...
(quotes Adam Linker)

"Jobless rates continue to drop," Wilmington Star-News, July 1, http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20140701/articles/140709987
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"NC students attend Read to Achieve summer camps," Eastern Wake News, July 1, http://www.easternwakenews.com/2014/07/01/3978360/nc-students-attend-rea...
(quotes Chris Hill)

"Charlotte area unemployment rate ticked up to 6.5 percent in May," Charlotte Observer, July 1, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/01/5017074/charlotte-area-unemp...
(cites Budget & Tax Center)

"NC Policy Watch on #hobbylobby," Blue NC, July 1, http://www.bluenc.com/nc-policy-watch-hobbylobby
(cites NC Policy Watch)

Also see clips from June 2014, May 2014, April 2014, March 2014, February 2014, January 2014, December 2013, November 2013, October 2013, September 2013, August 2013, July 2013, June 2013, May 2013, April 2013, March 2013, February 2013, January 2013 and March 2009-December 2012.