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Thursday, 22 October 2020 16:13

OPINION: The success of President Trump

The election is upon us and early voting is already underway in many states. As is always the case with an incumbent president, voters are determining whether the current president is worthy of a second term. In short, this election is a referendum on President Trump. Let’s discuss the success of Donald Trump’s first term in office.

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This pandemic has affected every corner of our state, including our state budget needs. For many families, it has also shifted their priorities. Last week, I proposed a budget that tackles the challenges we’re facing today while building for the promise of tomorrow. We can emerge from this crisis even stronger than before if we invest wisely.

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RALEIGH — On August 26, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper proposed a $25 billion General Fund budget to expand Medicaid, increase unemployment benefits, give teachers higher bonuses, and cut funding to Opportunity Scholarships.

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RALEIGH — Brandon has three little girls, no job, and no health insurance.

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s state representative is calling on two local congressmen to extend unemployment benefits as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Wednesday, 08 July 2020 12:00

COLUMN: Don't keep workers sidelined

North Carolina’s “headline” unemployment rate in May was 12.9%. That’s the highest monthly rate since the Great Depression. But on a number of occasions during the month, I talked with North Carolina restauranteurs and other business owners who were struggling to fill vacancies as they reopened.

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Monday, 01 June 2020 10:25

COLUMN: Job losses merit energetic response

RALEIGH — North Carolina employers shed 616,000 jobs in March and April, according to the latest establishment survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a decline of 13% in just two months. Our labor-market collapse will look even worse when BLS releases its May survey in a few weeks.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 16:32

Taylor out, Gibson in as N.C. employment chief

RALEIGH — Lockhart Taylor is out as director of employment security at the N.C. Department of Commerce. 

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RALEIGH — During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5% of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors experienced. Among the 12 Southeastern states, only Kentucky and West Virginia fared worse.

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RALEIGH — N.C. Senate Republicans aren’t happy with North Carolina’s lagging unemployment insurance system. They think Gov. Roy Cooper is accountable — and they want answers.

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