It’s been a busy week in North Carolina, so you may have missed some exciting news out of the west. On Tuesday, Buncombe County became the second county in the state to pass a living wage resolution. What is a living wage? The calculations differ, but basically it comes down to making enough to meet basic needs without public or private assistance. In Buncombe County, the living wage for full- and part-time county employees will now be set at a minimum of $11.35 per hour or $9.85 with employer-provided health insurance. Click here  to read more about the Buncombe County Living Wage Campaign spearheaded by Just Economics .