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More North Carolinians need help

In his column “A vital helping hand,” Chris Fitzsimon sites a new report by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which found 39 million Americans have benefited from the government’s economic recovery act. More government help is needed in the form of jobs creation to keep struggling families out of poverty.

The economy is adversely affecting many families but others struggle with a different type of hardship. Rob Schofield describes the challenges facing many people with developmental disabilities and mental illness in his Weekly Briefing “Fundamental questions.” Schofield makes the connection between a lawsuit filed this week by the nonprofit group Disabilities Rights North Carolina and the larger systemic problems within the state’s mental health/developmental disabilities/substance abuse system.

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Budget numbers and the school politics

In this week’s edition of “Monday numbers” Chris Fitzsimon looks at the state budget. The numbers emphasize the need for legislative action; it’s time to stop talking about reforms and start modernizing the state’s revenue system.

When it comes to state budget debates, politicians stakeout their various positions with regard to our public education system. Chris Fitzsimon explains how the education battle lines get drawn in his commentary “The politics of the graduation rate.”