Stories tagged: "economy"


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Experts Make the Urgent Case: ‘Child Care Is a Public Good’

Experts across the state — from parents and educators to business leaders and policymakers — agree that nothing less than North Carolina’s economic future is at stake without investment in early care and education.

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Record-Breaking Egg Profits Prompt Accusation of Price Gouging

A farmer-advocacy group says price collusion, not avian flu, is causing the record-high prices consumers are paying for eggs.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. McCarthy rounded his first full week as House speaker in the most outwardly orderly way. There was hardly a hint of the chaotic, rebellious fight it took for the Republicans to arrive here, having barely installed him as the leader with the gavel. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
MAGA Republicans Plan to Hold the Economy Hostage to Cut Social Security and Medicare

The debt ceiling is a numerical limit, set by Congress, on how much money the federal government can borrow to pay its bills. Increasing the debt ceiling is a routine congressional task, but Republicans want to hold it hostage to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare, even though failing to raise the limit would cause massive economic devastation.

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3 Ways to Save Money on Your 2023 Taxes

New tax brackets, standard deductions, and tax credits are now in effect, meaning more North Carolinians can save more money on their taxes this year. 

Chicago educator Tamisha Holifield spends time with her 2-year-old daughter Rian Holifield at Nichols Park, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. When Holifield and her daughter had COVID-19 in May, the toddler had to miss 15 days of child care. Bouts of colds have followed in what Holifield described as a "constant whirlwind" of sickness that has been stressful both financially and emotionally. "It's a major inconvenience. But I'm a single parent, so I don't have a choice. If I drop the ball, the game is over," Holifield said. (AP Photo/Erin Hooley)
Move On From COVID? Child Care Disruptions Continue

A record-high 104,000 people missed work in October because of child care problems, surpassing even early pandemic levels.

NC native and NBA great Chris Paul at his 2022 graduation from Winston-Salem State University. Paul's Social Change Fund United has given a small business grant to a Black-owned juice bar in his native city. (Image via Social Change Fund United on Facebook)
North Carolina Black-Owned Business Lands Grant Money From NBA Stars, Including NC Native Chris Paul

Owner William Fulton plans to use the grant money to expand his business’ sales market into other parts of North Carolina.

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2022 Was A Busy Year for the Federal Government. Here Are 10 Things Passed By Federal Lawmakers.

Under Democratic control, the federal government acted to lower healthcare and prescription drug costs; fight climate change and lower energy costs; invest in gun safety and mental healthcare; and implement a generational investment in American industry, manufacturing, and infrastructure.