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March 14, 2024

Our website has gotten an upgrade!

If you’ve been on our website since March 1, you may have noticed it looks a lot different. That’s when we launched our new, revamped website, which we’ve been working on for more than a year now, and we’re very excited to finally be able to share it with the world! So, what’s new? We’ve…

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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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March 5, 2024

Welcome our 2024 Better NC Fellowship Cohort!

The North Carolina Budget & Tax Center is excited to announce the 2024 cohort of the Better NC Fellowship! This year, we welcomed our largest cohort of Better NC Fellows, with ten North Carolina leaders from eight counties across North Carolina. In collaboration with the NC Black Alliance, the NC Budget & Tax Center hosts…

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February 14, 2024

Root of school problems in Durham and state is years of underfunding

Public schools across the state, including in Durham, continue to be harmed by an ideology that sacrifices adequate investment in our children’s education in order to divert public money to special interests and corporate welfare. As the parent of three children in Durham Public Schools, it would be easy to, like many, lay the blame…

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January 9, 2024

Who pays taxes in North Carolina?

As North Carolinians, we pay taxes to build communities that ensure everyone — Black, brown, and white — can thrive in every corner of our state. But policymakers in North Carolina have created a tax code that asks more of people with the lowest incomes. The latest edition of Who Pays?, released today by the…

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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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November 9, 2023

NC leaders are shirking their responsibilities to our children, our state by revisiting Leandro lawsuit

The announcement that the NC Supreme Court will rehear the court case that affirmed children’s constitutional right to a sound, basic education is just another way in which North Carolina’s legislative leaders are attempting to rewrite the rules to further their agenda rather than the well-being of children.

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October 3, 2023

Open Letter from 21 Groups on the Final Budget & Call for Prioritizing People Over Politics and Powerful Interests

To: Leaders of the NC General Assembly       Members of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget       Members of the House Standing Committee on Appropriations     CC: Members, North Carolina Senate        Members, North Carolina House of Representatives  October 4, 2023 Dear NC Legislators: We, the undersigned, have come…

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September 25, 2023

NCGA leaders lock in more tax cuts in final budget while abandoning transparency and accountability

The NC General Assembly’s budget decisions this year will have repercussions for years and decades to come, and instead of providing support to North Carolina communities who need more to thrive, legislative leaders have instead continued on a course that will deepen harm.

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September 13, 2023

NC leaders are still gambling with North Carolina’s future

Now it appears that legislative leaders’ plan for tax cuts relies on the claim that scant gambling revenue should justify deeper income tax cuts for the richest North Carolinians.

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