North Carolina Justice Center

Business & Economy
7:48 am
Tue January 7, 2014

North Carolina And The Extended Unemployment Debate

Gov. Pat McCrory says his unemployment policy has contributed to NC's economic recovery.
Credit Governor's Office

North Carolina lawmakers, business leaders and economists are touting a positive economic outlook for 2014.

Governor Pat McCrory gives a lot of credit for the state’s economic comeback to his administration’s overhaul of unemployment policy. 

In Washington, lawmakers continue to debate whether to approve a federal unemployment extension for more than one million jobless workers.  It’s an extension many in North Carolina had to do without several months ago.

During a speech in Research Triangle Park, McCrory said he likes what he sees.

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The State of Things
10:21 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, One Year Later

A supporter of the Dream Act petitioned for its passage last August.
Credit OneAmerica via Flickr, creative commons

Last summer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security rolled out a plan to allow undocumented young people who meet certain requirements to receive a temporary legal reprieve. More than 17,000 people in North Carolina have applied for status under the measure, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

North Carolina Nears A Budget

NC Legislative building.
Credit NC General Assembly

The North Carolina General Assembly is set to vote on a budget this week, one that has defenders of public education up in arms. The proposed budget ends teacher tenure, holds teacher salary flat and cuts funding for teacher assistants.

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The State of Things
12:38 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

North Carolina First State To Eliminate Federal Unemployment Benefits

Credit NC General Assembly

The North Carolina General Assembly recently decided to implement cuts to unemployment benefits as well as the maximum number of weeks one can receive unemployment funds. But altering unemployment benefits before the end of 2013 means North Carolina has been disqualified from receiving federal unemployment funding.

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Politics & Government
6:57 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wake County Begins Move Into Brand New Justice Center

Rendering of the new Wake County Justice Center.
Credit www.wakegov.com

Many Wake County employees are moving into a new downtown justice center this week.

County officials have invested three years of construction and $184 million in their new government headquarters.  Office workers have begun setting up in the facility.  The county's Register of Deeds will the first to open its doors Wednesday.

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The State of Things
12:41 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Groups Tackles Intractable North Carolina Poverty Problem

A scene from American Winter film.
Credit http://www.americanwinterfilm.com/families

Gene Nichol, Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said on The State of Things today that the financial collapse really hurt the poor but that the problem is multifaceted.

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

New Report Looks at "Tipped" Workers

The non-profit North Carolina Justice Center is trying to bring attention to sub-minimum wage workers this Valentine’s Day. Most of these workers are in food service relying on tips.

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