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  • North Carolina session marked by coal ash, teacher pay, length

    The 2013-14 General Assembly will be marked in North Carolina's history books as the first in more than 140 years in which the legislative and executive branches were simultaneously under Republican control. It ushered in a rightward shift in state government philosophy on taxes, education and...

  • In governor's race, Gina Raimondo touts her pension fix

    At first, Gina Raimondo thought solving Rhode Island's pension problem was just a matter of math: Billions of dollars of unfunded benefits were owed to the state's teachers, police officers, firefighters and others.

  • President Obama's zero-sum worldview

    We have a leader today who has a zero-sum worldview. It is not surprising that today's world, at home and abroad, increasingly shows these characteristics.

  • Social Security's futile attempt to help disabled people go back to work

    Congress created Ticket to Work in 1999 to address a growing problem, namely that the disability rolls were expanding rapidly and the disability program did little to encourage work among those able to hold a job. The idea was to give disability recipients a "ticket," or voucher, that employment...

  • Liberals should brace themselves if Hillary Clinton becomes president

    Hillary Clinton will inevitably disappoint her liberal supporters if she takes the White House in 2016.

  • America's question: Cut or crash?

    On July 31, Congress and President Obama flew America past a dubious fiscal landmark toward what increasingly looks like a crash landing.

  • A showdown is coming over Social Security, but it's not about retirement

    The trust fund for the disability program will run out in late 2016, Social Security's Board of Trustees warned in late July. Without congressional action, disabled workers would immediately face a 25 percent cut in their benefits.

  • Those at the front lines of junk-food food stamp purchases rail at USDA secrecy

    Information on how many food stamp dollars are redeemed at which stores has long been deemed a "trade secret" by a U.S. Department of Agriculture that critics believe views large retailers, not taxpayers, as its clientele.

  • Why a program for the poor may be helping big banks instead

    A Clinton-era tax credit program intended to help grow businesses in low-income communities is instead benefitting big banks and private investors to the tune of more than $1 billion annually.

  • Lower benefits, higher jobs --- Paul Ryan has it right

    There are signs that employment in the country is rising more rapidly these days. The February-July period was the first six-month stretch of consistent employment gains above 200,000 since 1997.

  • More than 192,000 in Arkansas signed up for Medicaid

    The Arkansas Department of Human Services says nearly 8,000 more Arkansans were approved for coverage under the state's expanded Medicaid program last month.

  • Buffalo-area seniors on food stamps rises

    Buffalo and Erie County are seeing a big increase in the number of older residents receiving food stamps, though families with children continue to make up the largest group participating in the federal program, according to a report in The Buffalo News.

  • Illinois governor, opponent clash over investments, pensions

    As one of the nation's most competitive governor's races picks up, voters in Illinois are hearing a whole lot about a British territory thousands of miles away in the Caribbean.

  • Almost no Americans are getting fired

    The Department of Labor reported Thursday that claims for unemployment benefits fell to 289,000. That drop brought the four-week average down to 294,000.

  • Feds grant Florida 3-year Medicaid renewal

    The federal government has granted a three-year renewal of Florida's Medicaid managed care program.



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