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A bill in the state legislature would eliminate a sales tax on menstrual products that many say discriminates against women.
North Carolina Women Are Taxed $8 Million a Year for Tampons. New Legislation Could End That.

North Carolina is one of 30 states that tax menstrual products but there's a push to repeal this "pink tax" that women largely pay for these essential items.

Democratic U.S. House Rep. Deborah Ross in a 2016 file photo. Ross' attempts at passing equal pay legislation failed in the North Carolina General Assembly in years past, but Democrats in the state legislature say there's new momentum for the bill today. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
‘Women in Our State Deserve to be Paid Fairly’: North Carolina Democrats File Gender Pay Gap Legislation

Why supporters in North Carolina say there’s real momentum to address longtime pay gaps between men and women.

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COVID-19 Infections and Deaths Increase With Higher Income Inequality, Study Finds

The data shows that “high levels of income inequality harm population health, irrespective of racial or ethnic composition.”

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‘I Have No Savings’: What It’s Like to Be a Low-Wage Retail Worker in Georgia

“Even though I'm a manager since I'm only part-time, I don't qualify for any benefits, so I have to pay out of pocket for things like health and dental insurance, but I don't actually make enough money to afford it.”

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Biden Could Save Taxpayers $2.6 Billion if He Pulls the Plug on Border Wall

When the president-elect assumes office, his administration will be allowed to terminate or modify contracts with the construction firms building the wall.

A rise in the federal minimum wage would benefit low-wage workers across the country, including those in the retail industry.
Georgia Voters Hold the Key to Raising the Minimum Wage. Here Are Five Things You Need to Know.

Georgia’s state minimum wage is only $5.15 per hour and the federal numbers aren’t much better. Biden has pledged to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, but he needs a Democratic-led Senate to do so.

Will Joe Biden agree to cancel a portion of student loans for some borrowers? Graphic via Denzel Boyd for COURIER
Student Loan Debt Is Ruining Lives. Can We Just Cancel It?

About 45 million borrowers in the US collectively owe $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, a burden that has left millennials worse off than their parents, delayed marriages and children, widened the racial wealth gap, and had devastating mental health consequences.