Alexandra Forter Sirota


Research shows how and why NC elections are underfunded

By: - October 27, 2022

Across North Carolina early voting is in full swing and voters are heading to the polls. How long the wait lines are, how many sites are open, and what machines voters use (along with unseen work outside of voting season to support voter databases and support candidate filing processes) all depend on funding. North Carolina […]


Three numbers that illustrate the folly of North Carolina’s latest austerity budget

By: - December 14, 2021

North Carolina’s final budget includes deep personal income tax cuts and elimination of the corporate income tax over the next 10 years that will deepen hardship and prolong the recovery rather than supporting people and their well-being. Sadly, rather than invest the state’s available billions in meeting basic near- and long-term needs, lawmakers chose to […]


Recent legislative action will further undermine the health of state’s unemployment insurance system

By: - November 10, 2021

As the 2021 session of the North Carolina General Assembly draws to a close, legislative leaders should be taking action to strengthen the state’s inadequate and miserly unemployment insurance system. Unfortunately, they are pursuing precisely the opposite course. Recently, in fact, they added an amendment to an unrelated bill that will block modest scheduled increases […]


Elimination of the corporate income tax will hurt North Carolina

By: - November 5, 2021

More than 60 percent of North Carolinians oppose eliminating the corporate income tax. In fact, most North Carolinians want to see profitable corporations contribute what they owe to ensure we can fund a better future for people across our state. As the final state budget nears completion, legislative leaders and the Governor should listen to […]


Build Back Better framework represents historic opportunity to improve the lives of North Carolinians

By: - November 3, 2021

NOTE: The Build Back Better framework released last week is currently being crafted into legislation and changes to the scope and scale will be updated or linked to at the top of this post.  The Build Back Better framework released last week by the White House is a chance to take a huge step forward […]


Without a change of course, the NC legislature is setting us up for perpetual fiscal crisis

By: - October 7, 2021

Lawmakers are set to squander the opportunity provided by federal COVID-19 relief The leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly is ready to undercut the power of state aid from the American Rescue Plan by continuing its relentless pursuit of income tax reductions to the tune of at least $2 billion or, much more likely, […]


U.S. senators propose long overdue unemployment insurance reform

By: - October 1, 2021

U.I. Improvement Act would be a down payment on improving the nation’s system of jobless benefits — especially in states like North Carolina This week, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Michael Bennet and Sherrod Brown introduced legislation that would take some important first steps toward a building better federal-state unemployment insurance system for workers, businesses and […]


Data reveal a big error in how NC has pursued economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession

By: - September 24, 2021

Tying economic life support to employment equity goals would be better for all A new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows that the cutoff of federal unemployment insurance will reduce incomes and curtail spending, further increasing hardship and likely slowing the progress toward a full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic downturn. In North Carolina, […]


NC needs to make sure every eligible family receives the expanded Child Tax Credit

By: - August 27, 2021

National analysis conducted by the Census Bureau shows that the first payment to families of the temporary and expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) worked to bring down challenges with paying for household expenses and reduced food insecurity. This builds upon the solid foundation of research that cash income matters in households — and households with […]

NC House tax plan isn’t good for our state (and these graphs explain why this is the case)

By: - August 10, 2021

The N.C. House tax plan would continue to reduce income tax rates even as economic hardship persists and real, sustained investments will be required to ensure that the state and every community can thrive. The plan reviewed in the House Finance committee Monday afternoon would reduce the state’s flat income tax rate to 4.99 percent […]


NC House can choose a different future for North Carolina

By: - August 6, 2021

Yesterday, NC House members began releasing details of their budget proposal in committees. Without a transparent view of how these pieces fit together and other considerations that factored into the plan, we will have to wait for a full assessment of the path that the House will take. More than a month has passed since […]


Upcoming federal unemployment insurance cliff will be a blow to NC (video)

By: - August 5, 2021

On September 6th, federal programs that have provided access to unemployment insurance (UI) to workers affected by COVID-19 who would not otherwise qualify for this wage replacement will end. Those who will lose assistance include independent contractors and the self-employed. To make matters worse, the additional federal supplement that helped to stabilize incomes during a […]