The Presidential Race: Who Thinks What on Healthcare?
The stage is set for the 2016 Presidential election…and there’s no question that healthcare will play a role in the results. As prices skyrocket, voters increasingly look to candidates’ healthcare policy platforms to help guide their decisions. It’s a vital issue. So here, we present without commentary links to each candidate’s healthcare platform, so that you can decide on the policies that matter most to you.
More Than One River Runs Through It: Our State’s Wonderful Waterways
If you were to guess, how many waterways would you think are in North Carolina? Let’s take a poll. (No cheating! Don’t read below!)
Renewable Energy Comes to Newton
Apple’s goal is to get their whole Mac-dom entirely powered by renewables. And most recently, they’ve looked to Newton for help. (Get it? Apples? Newton? It’s hilarious!)
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.