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North Carolina continues to draw unwanted national attention

Posted By Rob Schofield On February 18, 2013 @ 4:02 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Art Pope 3 [1]This time, it’s from the editors of the online site Too Much [2] – a  project of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies [3],

Not surprisingly, the subject is State Budget Director, Art Pope. Today, Pope is featured in the “Greed at a glance section” of the Too Much newsletter [4].

“Sometimes you just have to do the job yourself. Art Pope, a billionaire who owes his fortune to a discount store network his daddy built, certainly thinks so. Pope has spent [5] over $40 million in recent years gerrymandering North Carolina, and the state this winter sports for the first time in over a century a GOP governor, a conservative state Supreme Court majority, and a GOP-dominated state legislature all at the same time. But Pope isn’t resting [6]. He had himself appointed [7] state budget director. Last week his budget priorities made national headlines [8]. In North Carolina, a state with America’s fifth-highest jobless rate, lawmakers have now slashed [9] maximum weekly unemployment benefits from $535 to $350, cut the number of benefit weeks allowed, and denied 39 percent of the state’s 438,000 jobless special federal aid [10] . . .


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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Art-Pope-3.jpg

[2] Too Much: http://toomuchonline.org/

[3] Institute for Policy Studies: http://toomuchonline.org/about-too-much/%3Ca%20href=

[4] the Too Much newsletter: http://www.toomuchonline.org/tmweekly.html

[5] has spent: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/10/111010fa_fact_mayer?printable=true#ixzz2Kzk6nVQ1

[6] isn’t resting: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/02/lynn-parramore-the-gop-plan-to-flush-your-states-economy-down-the-toilet.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

[7] appointed: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/20/2557101/mccrory-names-art-pope-to-be-his.html

[8] national headlines: http://www.offthechartsblog.org/north-carolinas-costly-cut-in-jobless-benefits/

[9] have now slashed: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/us/north-carolina-approves-benefit-cuts-for-unemployed.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130214

[10] federal aid: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3164

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