Economy


President Joe Biden hands the pen he used to sign the Democrats' landmark climate change and health care bill to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., watches in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
5 Ways Democrats Have Helped North Carolina Under Biden’s Leadership

The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress have passed an array of bills aiming to improve the U.S. economy and infrastructure, invest in physical and mental health, and combat climate change.

In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Rep. Ted Budd, R-NC, answers questions from the media at his election party in Bermuda Run, N.C.  Budd is running for the U.S. Senate this fall. (AP Photo/Woody Marshall, File)
Ted Budd ‘Chose Corporations Over Families’ By Voting Against Climate Change Bill

One of the state's top Democrats tackles U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd's vote against the Inflation Reduction Act, which addresses climate change and healthcare costs.

Canceling student debt is very popular, especially among younger voters, new Courier Newsroom polling shows. (Shutterstock)
Canceling Student Debt Is Very Popular

Voters under 45 support student debt cancellation in overwhelming numbers.

President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One with his son Hunter Biden at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. The president and his allies enjoyed one of their most positive weeks of his term so far, including the passage of a major climate change and healthcare bill called the Inflation Reduction Act. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Here’s How the Inflation Reduction Act Helps North Carolina Families

The Democratic-led government has passed a once-in-a-generation bill to lower healthcare costs, fight climate change, and increase taxes on big corporations.

Yes, inflation is affecting power bills.
Utility Bills Soaring, NC? Here’s How to Get Help 

There are federal programs available for North Carolinians behind on their utility bills. Making your home more energy efficient is another way to save money. 

America's central bank approved an historic interest rate hike Wednesday. But what does that mean for your groceries? (Shutterstock)
Here’s What the Historic Interest Rate Hike Has To Do With Your Groceries

 It’s the biggest single rate increase since Bill Clinton was president. But will it help? 

Starbucks employees and supporters react as votes are read during a union-election watch party in New York in 2021. The labor movement at the coffee giant is gaining steam in the U.S. Workers at a Boone location became the first Starbucks location to unionize in NC in May. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex, File)
How Workers at a Boone Starbucks Beat the Odds to Start a Union

In May, a western NC coffee shop became the first location in the state to form a labor union.