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Six things to have on your radar this week

#1 Charter Schools – The North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board is meeting in Raleigh this afternoon and again on Tuesday.

Members have scheduled a policy discussion on charter school funding and evaluating charter school educators. Learn more here.

#2 Living Wage – Wake County Commissioners will discuss amending the County’s Wake CommissionersPersonnel Ordinance to  provide  for  a  minimum  living-wage  standard  for  regular  employees effective December 1, 2015. If approved the  minimum-salary  for  regular  employees would be established at $13.50 an hour, which would yield an annual salary of $28,080.

Why is a living -wage so important? Well, just to afford the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment, the typical worker in North Carolina would need to earn $14.68 per hour.

To date, eight local governments across North Carolina have already adopted living-wage ordinances.

Wake County Commissioners meet at 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Wake Co. Justice Center to discuss and vote on the living-wage ordinance.

#3 Fracking – Lee County Commissioners could decide as early as this evening whether to okay a two-year moratorium on fracking.

Chatham, Stokes an Anson Counties have already taken steps to ban fracking in their regions.

Read Lee County’s proposed resolution here.

#4 Race-based policing – A recent front page article in the New York Times once again shined a bright light on a troublesome and longstanding problem in North Carolina – discriminatory policing that targets people of color for unfair treatment.
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On Tuesday, NC Policy Watch will presents a very special Crucial Conversation luncheon on race-based policing.

Join us as we hear from Professor Frank Baumgartner of UNC Chapel Hill, Orange and Chatham County Public Defender James Williams and Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock.

Want to attend? We have a few seat remaining.

#5 Prison contracts, open meetings, and health care mergers –  Wednesday brings the highly anticipated meeting of the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, where members will hear from Department of Public Safety Sec. Frank Perry and state Budget Director Lee ff-1103Roberts about the private prison contract extended for Governor McCrory’s political donor Graeme Keith, Sr.

Keith reportedly said at a meeting called by McCrory that he expected something in return for his campaign contributions.

Reports in the News & Observer and Charlotte Observer show that Roberts worked hard to make sure Keith kept his prison contract, over the objections of Sec. Perry.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda, members will hear from:
•    Members of the the UNC Board of Governor on Compliance with Open Meetings Law.
•    DHHS Sec. Rick Brajer on the merger process for Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCO)

A complete agenda can be found here.

Want to go?  Wednesday’s Gov. Ops. meeting gets underway at 10:30 a.m. in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building.

#6 Race relations on college campuses – Finally, on the heels of recent student protests in Missouri and New Haven, UNC-Chapel Hill will host a town hall meeting on campus Thursday to engage with students, faculty and staff on the issues that continue to hamper the ability of the campus to be inclusive, inspiring and safe. The event runs from from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Find more information here.

One Comment


  1. Richard L Guldi

    November 17, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Fracking brings contaminated ground water, poisoned air, three times normal asthma, increased ozone, exposure to carcinogenic benzene, and increased global warming. Shale acidization is even more dangerous than fracking but it is being sold to Florida as a safer alternative which is better and less destructive that the dastardly fracking we hear about on the news.

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