From the windswept Outer Banks to the hiking trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Tar Heel State is a microcosm of America’s natural beauty.  At the same time, the Research Triangle, a public-private partnership, is a home to more than 100 major companies, including biotechnology, information technology, and clean energy firms.  But even with its high-tech economy, the state still struggles with poverty and an employment rate that is lower in 2013 than it was in 2007. 

By the numbers

  • 95% state’s pension liability that is fully funded, among the best in 2012

  • 33.2% share of state revenue from federal funds in 2012

  • $290 millionprojected savings from diverting prison inmates to alternative forms of corrections

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