Sally Hodges-Copple

Posts by Sally Hodges-Copple

April 10, 2024

Recognizing the Contributions of Working Families to NC’s Economy and Communities

Working families across North Carolina contribute to our state’s economy every day through their labor in essential roles, from grocery store workers to home health aides to early childhood educators. At the same time, North Carolina’s upside-down tax code asks these families to play an outsized role in funding the public services we all want…

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Connecting Communities
March 7, 2024

Economic indicators of well-being should inform policy priorities across NC

Today, the NC Budget & Tax Center published our Economic County Snapshots for 2024. Released each year, these snapshots provide at-a-glance information on a variety of economic indicators for every county in North Carolina. Why do these indicators matter for the economy? People drive our economy. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, this economic…

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Tools & Resources
March 6, 2024

2024 Economic County Snapshots for North Carolina

The Economic County Snapshots are one of BTC’s flagship annual publications. They provide key economic and social indicators from publicly available sources for all 100 counties in North Carolina, along with a comparison to state-level data, with measures for employment, poverty and income, affordable housing, health, education, and more. The Snapshots are available for each…

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November 17, 2023

Local tax credits are delivering for families nationwide, but not in NC

A recent report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is timely, then, in lifting up the potential of local governments to make transformational investments in working families through innovative policies like a local Earned Income Tax Credit. While the use of these local credits is currently blocked by state law in North Carolina, their effectiveness is a reminder of what might be possible if legislative leaders pursued policies to deliver well-being to communities across NC and empowered local governments to do the same.

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October 26, 2023

North Carolina’s poverty rate is a policy choice

The latest poverty data from the U.S. Census Bureau released last month shows that more than 1.3 million North Carolinians — including more than 380,000 NC children — were living below the federal poverty line in 2022. For a family of four, this is the equivalent of $27,750 in household income in a year — resources so low that families are forced to make impossible choices among buying groceries, paying rent, and meeting basic health care needs.

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