Logan Rockefeller Harris

Posts by Logan Rockefeller Harris

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Blog
February 28, 2023

Our union and management ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement!

This January, BTC reached an important milestone for our organization: We ratified the first Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiated between our staff union and BTC’s management. As we shared on our blog last year, having a unionized workplace is one of the ways that BTC puts our values into action inside our organization.

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Chart shows change in NC employment during COVID-19 through Oct. 2022 Change in total number of people working compared to Feb. 2020
Blog
November 18, 2022

NC continues to gain jobs, but is losing state employees over pay that isn’t keeping up with inflation

Amid this relatively sunny topline news is a dark cloud created by our state legislature: a failure to ensure that public servants’ pay keeps up with inflation, which means that North Carolina has continued losing state employees that provide the key services our communities need.

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September 22, 2022

Federal COVID-19 aid averted financial disaster for many North Carolina families

New data released last week from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey and American Community Survey (ACS) point to the critical impact that federal relief had on the well-being of children and families in 2021.

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September 16, 2022

New poverty data: Federal COVID-19 aid averted financial disaster for many North Carolina families

Poverty data for 2021 show some of the impacts of federal aid during COVID-19. (Sept. 15, 2022) — Poverty statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show some of the vital help that federal COVID aid delivered to North Carolina families. Instead of seeing financial hardship explode due to economic disruptions caused…

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August 30, 2022

This Labor Day, workers feel the pinch of inflation as corporations rake in record profits

The purchasing power of the federal minimum wage has fallen significantly due to inaction on the part of policymakers. As the Economic Policy Institute reports, its value has fallen to the lowest point in 66 years. State lawmakers in North Carolina have not taken action to adjust the state minimum wage — unlike lawmakers in 26 states who have done so in 2022 alone. North Carolina’s workforce faces a pay penalty for working in this state. Meanwhile, corporate profits are rising.

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Chart showing percentage of people working in US (59.9%) vs in NC (58.4%)
Blog
July 22, 2022

North Carolina’s job growth continued in June, but wages aren’t keeping up with rising costs

Statewide job growth North Carolina is continuing at a fast clip, with nearly 26,000  jobs added in June. The latest data show that the state now has over 130,000 more jobs  than at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping North Carolina ahead of the U.S. by this measure of economic recovery. The percentage of residents working in the state remains stubbornly 1.5 percentage points  lower than in the U.S. as whole, a gap that hasn’t shifted much since the Great Recession.

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Tools & Resources
June 28, 2022

Economic County Snapshots 2022

The NC Budget & Tax Center publishes Economic County Snapshots every year that include indicators for each county in NC on employment, poverty and income, housing, health, education, and supports for working families — all of which come from a variety of sources.

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Blog
May 25, 2022

We are union proud and union strong at the Budget & Tax Center

As the chair of NC Budget & Tax Center’s staff union, I’m so proud to say that we’ve been a unionized workplace since our first day of operations. Our small-but-mighty union is a member of the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, which represents workers in advocacy and legal aid non-profits across the country. What…

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Tools & Resources
May 12, 2022

Key Sources of State and Federal Funding for Local Broadband Infrastructure and Digital Inclusion in North Carolina

North Carolina communities are poised to receive big investments in broadband infrastructure and digital equity, thanks to the passage of major federal funding through the American Rescue Plan and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acts in 2021. This summary provides an overview of key programs at the state and federal levels that are active or in development.

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Report
May 3, 2022

Here’s what it takes to make ends meet in your NC county

The 2022 Living Income Standard (LIS) strives to capture how much income a working family with children needs to afford basic expenses.

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