State urged to innovate, despite economy

RALEIGH, N.C. — Even the weak economy and recent credit crisis should not keep North Carolina from making a better future for its working citizens, says the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center.

The center, a program of the North Carolina Justice Center, has released a list of recommendations for promoting job growth, transportation and government efficiency without breaking the bank.

“The budget shortfall doesn’t mean we have to forgo innovative policy ideas,” Elaine Mejia, project director for the center, says in a statement. “State government can operate more efficiently and effectively, even during tight fiscal times.”

The recommendations in the list, “Working Concepts: 9 Innovative Ideas that Won’t Bust the Budget,” include modernizing the transportation-finance system, guaranteeing paid sick days and financing unemployment insurance.

The N.C. Budget & Tax Center analyzes state and local budget and tax issues and their effect on low- and moderate-income North Carolinians.

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