Greens Save Green: How Your Backyard Garden Boosts Your Health and Budget
Okay, quick — how many cups of fresh vegetables are you supposed to eat per day? It’s probably more than you’re eating right now. For instance, if you’re a thirty-year-old dude, you should be eating between 3 and 4 cups of veggies a day. But on average, you probably eat under 2. An underwhelming response to greens is true across the board and across all age groups. A country of Popeyes, America is not.1
Teacher Salaries, Tuition Cuts and...Shellfish? Must Be Time for State Budget Negotiations!
The NC legislature is debating a state budget that will likely increase teacher salaries across the board. Other Senate proposals include cutting tuition to UNC-Pembroke and Western Carolina to $500 dollars a semester and spending $500,000 on...get this...mussels. (They’re supposed to help clean up toxic algae in Lake Jordan.)
What's the True Cost of An Employee?
Employers, how do you conceptualize employee cost? Salary’s the biggest chunk, right? Maybe. But maybe not. Salary is just one part of employee compensation. And compensation isn’t the only cost of hiring someone. A lot of things drive up the cost of adding a new employee: benefits, logistical costs, and some perhaps - surprising kinds of taxation and fiscal policy. The effects of these costs go way beyond the workplace—they can shape the financial stability of all North Carolinians. If a business can’t afford to hire, it can’t afford to grow. And neither can our economy. So what's really going on here? Let's dive in.
The Epidemic, Up Close and Personal: NC Has the Worst Opioid Problem in the Country
We reported a few weeks ago on Wilmington’s new status as the #1 opioid-abusing city in the United States. According to a recent study, 11.6% of Wilmington’s population has a problem with these drugs. Think about your ten best friends: if you lived in Wilmington, then statistically at least one of them would be in real trouble right now. Three other NC cities made the top-25 list, actually: Hickory at 5th, Jacksonville at 12th and Fayetteville at 18th. This isn’t a list we want to make at all, much less four times. So what’s going on?
Guess What? Millennials Save More Than You Do.
When you hear the term Millennial, what comes to mind? Lazy, entitled and childish, especially in the workplace. At least, that’s what the papers say. Well. Haters gonna hate — but they should probably stop. A new study from Bankrate.com proves that millennials may just be more adult than the rest of us, at least when it comes to financial savvy. They save like crazy, and they’re doing it well, even while financial security is slipping for the country as a whole.
Down Home Doctors: Poor Access to Healthcare in Rural NC
North Carolina is a green state, full of long back roads and old red barns and farmland as far as the eye can see. 80 of our 100 counties are rural, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. But here’s the thing. Our rural residents aren’t getting their fair share of the healthcare pie. Not by a long shot.