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Commentary: The regressive tax hike for low-income families snuck into the budget

There are plenty of reasons why the budget passed by House and Senate leaders last week takes North Carolina in the wrong direction. One big one is that it raises taxes on people who can least afford to pay more. Gov. Pat McCrory should have vetoed it.
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Commentary:  Another round of stigmatizing grades for low-income schools

State education officials released the results of the second year of the troubling A-F school grading system last week, and just like the results last year, they are more of a statement about poverty than a meaningful measurement of how well students are doing at school.

Just over 98 percent of the schools that received an F grade have more than 50 percent of their students eligible for free and reduced lunch while 94 percent of schools that earned a D had a majority of students who qualify for the federal lunch program.  
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Commentary: CCA is all about catching fish for fun, not food

Readers of the June 26, 2015 op-ed written by the executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina might have the impression that the organization is all about protecting marine resources.

But the CCA's record over the last 30 years shows a grab for the resource – working to make sure that access to the public trust resource is restricted to recreational anglers and off limits to commercial fishermen. It’s an ugly track record with calls for gamefish status for three delicious fish, which would make them off limits to commercial fishermen and remove striped bass, speckled trout, and red drum from your dinner plate.
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