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The good folks at Together NC will be holding a series of public forums over the coming days about state fiscal policy decisions and the impact they will have on local communities throughout the state. 

This is from the announcement:

Ever wonder how statewide budget decisions impact schools in Wake, Mecklenburg, Durham or Cumberland County? This is your chance to find out. Please join Together NC and our local partners for a public forum to learn about the impacts of funding decisions in these counties and across North Carolina.

WAKE COUNTY: Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 p.m., Crosspointe Church, 6911 Carpenter Fire Station Road, Cary, NC Read More

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Please join the staff of NC Policy Watch for a very special, Crucial Conversation luncheon:

Who Stole the American Dream? A conversation with legendary American journalist Hedrick Smith.

Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former The New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, has established himself over the past 50 years as one of America’s most distinguished journalists.

His new book, Who Stole the American Dream, steps back from the partisan fever of the 2012 campaign to explain how we got to where we are today—how America moved from an era of middle class prosperity and power, effective bipartisanship and grass roots activism to today’s polarized gridlock, unequal democracy and an even more unequal economy that has unraveled the American Dream for millions of middle class families.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from this extraordinary American at this critical moment in our national political conversation. Read More

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Bill Moyers and and Michael Winship had a good post over the weekend that takes the powers that be to task for ignoring poverty in the U.S. even as it continues to grow.

“It’s just astonishing to us how long this campaign has gone on with no discussion of what’s happening to poor people. Official Washington continues to see poverty with tunnel vision – ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

And we’re not speaking just of Paul Ryan and his Draconian budget plan or Mitt Romney and their fellow Republicans. Tipping their hats to America’s impoverished while themselves seeking handouts from billionaires and corporations is a bad habit that includes President Obama, who of all people should know better….

We know, we know: It is written that, “The poor will always be with us.” But when it comes to our “out of sight, out of mind” population of the poor, you have to think we can help reduce their number, ease the suffering, and speak out, with whatever means at hand, on their behalf and against those who would prefer they remain invisible. Speak out:  that means you and me, and yes, Mr. President, you, too. You once told the big bankers on Wall Street that you were all that stood between them and the pitchforks of an angry public. How about telling the poor you will make sure our government stands between them and the cliff?”

You can read the entire column by clicking here.

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If we updated FDR’s statement at left it might go like this:

“Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $40,000 a day,…tell you…that a wage of $392 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry.”

And a new study released today by the Economic Policy Institute provides lots of hard numbers that demonstrate just how beneficial a hike in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 would be (both to average families and the economy as a whole).

Key findings include:

-Increasing the federal minimum wage to $9.80 by July 1, 2014, would raise the wages of about 28 million workers, who would receive nearly $40 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period. Read More