Uncategorized

Lunch links

vegan lunch for linksHere are your Wednesday lunch links exactly two weeks before Christmas Day.

Bob Geary at the Indy has a great take on the absurd spin about jobs coming out of the McCrory Administration these days. And speaking of misleading spin, one underreported story this week was the statement by fiscal staff of the General Assembly that the regressive revenue plan passed this summer will actually increase taxes on many people, contrary to what McCrory and legislative leaders have been claiming.

And with the announcement today of the lawsuit against the new school voucher scheme filed by the N.C. Justice Center and the NCAE, it’s a good time to go back and read about all the unanswered questions about the program, primarily the shocking lack of accountability in where taxpayer money will go. Lindsay Wagner’s series about the program is a great place to start. Here’s are links to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of her report earlier this year.

The big national news of course is the bipartisan budget agreement in Washington that will help offset the next round of sequester cuts that would have had disastrous consequences. But don’t get too excited. It’s not any sort of real solution to the federal budget problems. That would require new revenues, maybe from finally closing some of the massive corporate tax loopholes.

And as Ezra Klein reminds us in the Washington Post, the agreement does nothing for the millions of long-term laid off workers across the country who are about to lose their emergency unemployment benefits. That won’t affect folks in North Carolina.  Governor McCrory and his friends in the General Assembly have already cut off emergency federal benefits as of July 1st.

Governor McCrory’s old pal New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is leading the Republican pack in the way–too-early polls for the 2016 presidential nomination, has a huge scandal brewing, allegations that he intentionally created a massive traffic jam in a town because the mayor didn’t endorse him for reelection. Yikes.

And finally, today’s musical selection is from alt-country singer/songwriter James McMurtry, who is playing in Raleigh January 29th.  Here’s McMurtry last year with an acoustic version of “We can’t make it here,” an anthem about the economic struggles facing a lot of Americans. He released it in 2004 but it’s as relevant today as ever with lyrics like this verse.

Some have maxed out all their credit cards Some are working two jobs and living in cars, Minimum wage won’t pay for a roof, won’t pay for a drink, If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO, See how far 5.15 an hour will go. Take a part time job at one of your stores, Bet you can’t make it here anymore.

Happy humpday.

 

 

 

Check Also

Anthony Scaramucci thought HB2 was “shameful”

Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s new communications director, was ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Two groups seeking state contracts to run struggling North Carolina schools have professional ties t [...]

North Carolinians will lose their “precious right to vote,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader [...]

Saturday nights at the 311 Motor Speedway in rural Pine Hall smell of fast food and fuel. Wooden ble [...]

Cornelius Redfearn, principal at Durham’s Glenn Elementary, said Tuesday night that the looming unce [...]

The post NCAA Legitimacy Deflated appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

There are lots of reasons for people to get off of the sidelines and commit themselves to new and su [...]

4---number of days since The Trump administration announced its decision to halt cost-sharing subsid [...]

Hypocrisy in politics is hardly a new phenomenon but rarely is it as boldly on display as it was las [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more