skip to main content

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

play newscast audioPlay

Alabamans urge a grocery tax reduction, a tape shows Trump knew about a classified document on Iran, Pennsylvania puts federal road funds to work and Minnesota's marijuana law will wipe away minor offenses.

play newscast audioPlay

Democrats say a wealth tax would help alleviate some national debt, lawmakers aim to continue pandemic-era funding for America's child care sector, and teachers say firearms at school will make students less safe.

play newscast audioPlay

Oregon may expand food stamp eligibility to some undocumented households, rural areas have a new method of accessing money for roads and bridges, and Tennessee's new online tool helps keep track of cemetery locations.

Poll Shows One Thing NC Voters Agree On

play audio
Play

Tuesday, September 20, 2016   

RALEIGH, N.C. – While there's no shortage of policy issues North Carolina voters disagree on, there's at least one issue supported by a majority of both parties. A new poll commissioned by the First Five Years Fund with a bipartisan polling team found that 70 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of Democrats support expanded access to early-childhood education in North Carolina.

Tracy Zimmerman, executive director with the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, said their poll results send a clear message to lawmakers and candidates running for office.

"We're a state that wholeheartedly believes we need to be doing more for our young children," she said. "It's not about whether or not you have children. We clearly know that thriving communities are rooted in making sure children are strong."

There are more than 26,000 children enrolled in North Carolina's state pre-K program, with thousands of children left on the waiting list for the program, which requires parents to qualify based on their income. Numerous bodies of research indicate the first five years of a child's life and the education they receive are indicators of future success in life and their brain development.

In the poll, 86 percent of voters rank making sure children get a strong start in life through quality early-childhood education as "extremely" or "very important," explained Zimmerman.

"It is up to voters to really be demanding of all candidates running for public office," she added. "What is their early-learning platform? How are they going to ensure that our children have the opportunity to be successful because voters recognize that a stronger North Carolina is very much rooted in what we do for our young children."

In the poll, voters ranked early childhood education ahead of reducing the tax burden to families and providing low or no-cost college.


get more stories like this via email

Human rights advocates point out in 2023, North Dakota adopted nearly a dozen laws targeting the LGBTQ+ community. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Human rights voices are calling attention to new North Dakota laws deemed hostile toward LGBTQ+ individuals, saying it is part of a movement led by …


Social Issues

play sound

In eastern Kentucky, advocacy groups are expanding summer learning opportunities for families. Isolation and learning loss plague many rural …

Social Issues

play sound

In 1968, Congress passed a law requiring the Food and Drug Administration to minimize people's exposure to wireless radiation, but the agency dropped …


The owners of Dokkaebier in Oakland said they have thrived after participating in a business accelerator program called the ICA Fund. (Mikey Maher)

Social Issues

play sound

Traditional business lending is tight these days following a series of recent bank collapses but one program is helping small businesses grow…

Environment

play sound

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regulates carbon dioxide pipelines, and is holding a two-day conference in Des …

The BLM manages over 48 million acres in Nevada, which equates to about 67-percent of the Silver State. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Nevadans will have the opportunity to learn more and weigh in on a proposed public lands rule that shifts the Bureau of Land Management's focus to pri…

Social Issues

play sound

The moment Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a sweeping elections bill into law last week, several voter-advocacy groups filed lawsuits against it…

Health and Wellness

play sound

An Indiana licensing board has fined a local physician $3,000 and handed her a letter of reprimand after she went public about a 10-year-old Ohio pati…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021