• Post

    Budgets: Contrasting Cooper’s and the General Assembly’s Proposals

    Both the General Assembly and Dem. Gov. Roy Cooper have shared their budget priorities this week. They both tackle the same issues, but with very different methods. For instance, on the issue of education, Cooper wants to cut the Opportunity Scholarship program and give teachers a bonus, while the General…
    Brenee Goforth, September 3, 2020
  • Post

    Unemployment Benefits: Inefficient or Unappealing?

    In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, North Carolina has seen a massive influx of unemployment claims. That large influx has been exceptionally difficult to handle, but even before this surge, North Carolina’s unemployment benefits system was doling out fewer benefits than any other state. JLF’s Dominic Coletti writes…
    Brenee Goforth, June 23, 2020
  • Post

    Health Insurance After COVID-19

    Millions of people are out of work in America. Thanks to the coronavirus and the economic turmoil that followed, many North Carolinians have not only lost their jobs but also their employer-sponsored health insurance. The significant impacts of these past few months on the insurance market are the subject of…
    Brenee Goforth, May 29, 2020
  • Post

    Becki Gray Discusses Dogs, Unemployment, and Appropriations with North Carolina Public Radio’s Jeff Tiberii

    In her regular appearance on North Carolina Public Radio WUNC with host Jeff Tiberii, JLF’s Becki Gray and fellow guest Rob Schofield from the N.C. Justice Center discussed the many questions the coronavirus has raised in recent weeks. On unemployment, Gray stated: What we are seeing is real flaws in…
    Brenee Goforth, April 15, 2020
  • Post

    N&O Cites Carolina Journal Article

    The News & Observer’s Will Doran recently wrote a piece on unemployment in North Carolina. The article discusses North Carolina’s surge in unemployment claims due to COVID-19 as well as the difficulties and delays many applicants have been faced with. Doran writes: North Carolina’s job losses passed a symbolic point…
    Brenee Goforth, April 14, 2020
  • Post

    State Sen. Jim Perry Amplifies Carolina Journal Reporting on Unemployment

    This week, North Carolina Senator Jim Perry, R-Lenoir, sent out a news release discussing the lack of clarity from the N.C. Division of Employment Security on the application process for unemployment. Perry stated: Instead of coming up with concrete timelines and solutions, unemployed North Carolinians are being left hanging for…
    Brenee Goforth, April 9, 2020
  • Post

    What’s the Recipe For a Thriving North Carolina?

    Mitch Kokai suggests the path forward to continue a thriving North Carolina in this Winston-Salem Journal story about the Triad’s unemployment rate and the North Carolina economy. Mitch Kokai, policy analyst with Libertarian think tank John Locke Foundation, said that “to the extent that state policy plays a role,…
    Donna Martinez, August 3, 2017
  • Post

    Does money from Washington grow on trees?

    Dollars flowing to North Carolina from Washington are not free. They’ve been portrayed as such from a lot of opponents of GOP-sponsored bills blazing their way through the General Assembly during the opening weeks of the 2013 session. For example, on Wednesday, Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, while arguing against…
    Barry Smith, February 14, 2013