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New York Times laments ‘decline of North Carolina’

The lead editorial in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times says Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican lawmakers are “tearing down years of progress” in education, tax policy and race relations, among other issues.

In the editorial, the Times says weekly Moral Monday demonstrations in Raleigh have brought North Carolina national attention, and the newspaper says the latest move was GOP-sponsored cuts in unemployment compensation benefits.

“The state has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country, and many Republicans insulted workers by blaming their joblessness on generous benefits,” the New York Times wrote.

The paper’s editorial also called the General Assembly a “demolition derby,” citing proposed cuts in early voting hours and pared education budgets. North Carolina now ranks 46th nationally in per capita education spending, according to the New York Times.

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