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Monday lunch links

Posted By Rob Schofield On December 16, 2013 @ 1:19 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Lunch links 3 [1]Here are five fast ones to get you, respectively: fired up, better informed, a little surprised, updated on an important anniversary and just plain sickened —

#1 -Scholars from colleges and universities around the state delivered a strong-worded letter this morning to Gov. McCrory and his state Budget Director, Art Pope, denouncing the harassment of Prof. Gene Nichol of the UNC School of Law by a group funded overwhelmingly by Pope. Sue Sturgis has the story at Facing South [2].

#2 – Flawed as it is, the pluses outweigh the minuses in the congressional budget deal — or so say the experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities [3].

#3 – ICYMI, Public Policy Polling had the latest last Thursday [4]with respect to the the attitudes of North Carolinians on Gov. McCrory’s popularity, the 2016 presidential horse race and several other issues.

#4 – John Schmitt has an excellent post on the Center for Economic Policy Research blog [5] summarizing a new report (that he co-authored) about the impact of the Family Medical Leave Act after 20 years on the books. It’s called “Job Protection Isn’t Enough: Why America Needs Paid Parental Leave.” [6]

#5 And finally, the website takepart.com tells us [7] that North Carolina is among the ten states nationally with the fastest growing populations of homeless students. Click here to read and weep about how ours rose an obscene 32% between 2009 and 2012 [8].


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[2] Sue Sturgis has the story at Facing South: http://www.southernstudies.org/2013/12/nc-scholars-denounce-conservative-think-tanks-dema.html

[3] so say the experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: http://www.offthechartsblog.org/pluses-outweigh-minuses-in-murray-ryan-budget-deal/

[4] Public Policy Polling had the latest last Thursday : http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/12/mccrory-numbers-tick-up-but-voters-unhappy-with-public-records-policy.html

[5] an excellent post on the Center for Economic Policy Research blog: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/cepr-blog/parental-leave-20-years-after-fmla

[6] “Job Protection Isn’t Enough: Why America Needs Paid Parental Leave.” : http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ParentalLeave-report-updated-2.pdf

[7] takepart.com tells us: http://www.takepart.com/photos/poverty-in-the-us-homeless-students-by-state?cmpid=tpedu-eml-2013-12-10-homeless#gallery-photos

[8] Click here to read and weep about how ours rose an obscene 32% between 2009 and 2012: http://ftp.serve.org/NCHE/downloads/data-comp-0910-1112.pdf

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