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Weekend wrap-up

The state operated this week under a continuing budget resolution, which Progressive Voices commentator Elaine Mejia warns about in her column “The state’s continuing budget resolution: a dangerous autopilot“. Mejia compares the 85% spending plan to a pilot trying to reach a destination without enough fuel.

Allowing agencies to spend up to 85% of last year’s budget is like a pilot plotting a course for San Diego when the plane only has enough fuel to get to Tulsa.

While much attention has been focused on the state budget, other important legislation is working its way through the General Assembly. Sarah Preston brings attention to two bills, SB 759 and SB 464, that would address racial profiling and discrimination by police officers against people of color in her Progressive Voices commentary “Making sure that police checkpoints and traffic stops are fair to everyone.

Rob Schofield gives an update on the predatory lenders (yes, those guys are still around) and their most recent lobbying activities in Washington and Raleigh in his Weekly Briefing “Predators with no shame.”

Schofield also writes how corrections reform could save the state substantial amount of money in his column entitled “A budget-cutting idea that should appeal to all sides.”

NC Policy Watch and the Carolina Justice Center are hosting a luncheon discussion The Crisis in Corrections: What can North Carolina learn from other states about how to contain the explosive growth in prisons? The event is Monday July 13th with guest speakers State Rep. Jerry Madden of the Texas House of Representatives–a businessman, a graduate of West Point, a Vietnam veteran, a nine-term Republican lawmaker and nationally recognized expert on corrections policy; and, Michael Thompson,  Executive Director of a special project of the national Council of State Governments known as the Justice Center who has worked on criminal justice policy issues at the Council since 1997 and has helped spur and facilitate bi-partisan corrections reform efforts in several states.  If you would like to join us for this event, register today .

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