NCDP Clips for January 15, 2014


NCDP Clips

January 15, 2014

National

Obama to meet privately with Senate Democrats on strategy: The president’s appearance before the senators at a Baltimore hotel Thursday afternoon is closed to reporters. The meeting comes as the party grapples with its new status in the Senate minority after losing seats in the November elections. Read more here.

Obama to propose seven days paid sick leave for workers: Speaking to reporters Wednesday evening, Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Council of Economic Advisers member Betsey Stevenson argued that the expansion of paid leave would improve worker productivity and make U.S. businesses more competitive. Read more here.

IRS cuts taxpayer services as filing returns gets harder: The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama’s health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families. Read more here.

Chart Of Parental Leave Around The World Shows Depressing Truth About The U.S.: Working parents in the U.S. are faced with a difficult reality from the moment their babies are born: There’s no mandated paid parental leave. Read more here.

Tom Hanks Says Community College Made Him Who He Is Today: Hanks writes in the New York Times on Wednesday that he applied to some prestigious schools knowing full-well they wouldn’t accept a student like him with low SAT scores. He decided to go to Chabot College, a community college that accepted everyone and was free. Read more here.

North Carolina

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Report: No N.C. counties have fully recovered from recession: Only 65 counties across the U.S. have recovered in four major areas tracked by NACo: Jobs, unemployment rate, economic output (GDP), median home prices. Read more here.

NC Education Leaders Want To Cut End-Of-Grade Testing: Members of a state task force charged with studying how often students are tested have drafted a proposal that would eliminate almost all end-of-grade tests and end-of-course tests. Read more here.

Local

Chiquita closing Charlotte headquarters: Chiquita Brands International is closing its Charlotte headquarters barely more than three years after deciding to move here, the company said Wednesday. Read more here.

Wake may relocate Brier Creek Elementary students and staff to new campus: Nearly 1,000 students and school employees at a Raleigh elementary school could switch to a new campus in 2016 as part of a shakeup affecting fast-growing northwestern Wake County. Read more here.

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Anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ discrimination bill on way to N.C.: One of the North Carolina House of Representatives’ top Republican leaders has announced plans to move forward with an anti-LGBT “religious freedom” discrimination measure initially promised by a Senate colleague last fall. Read more here.