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McCrory opposes current ‘religious freedom’ legislative proposals

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 30, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory told a Charlotte radio host Monday that he opposes a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing weddings and didn’t see the need for a broader religious freedom bill. “What is the problem they’re trying to solve?” McCrory asked during Monday’s broadcast […]

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Lawmakers give tentative approval to gas tax revamp

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 30, 2015. The state House and Senate gave tentative approval on Monday to a bill that would drop the state’s gas tax by 1.5 cents per gallon, with leaders in both chambers saying they needed to ensure the short-term stability of North Carolina’s primary source of state funds for road […]

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Half of cities to lose revenue in Sales Tax redistribution bill

| March 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

by The Insider, March 30, 2015. When Sen. Harry Brown presented a plan last week to change how the state distributes sales tax revenue, few understood that language in the legislation would cause about half of North Carolina’s cities and towns to lose money. Brown, a Jacksonville Republican, acknowledged Friday that he is among them. […]

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Senate adds new tax cut to fiscal equation

| March 28, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Barry Smith, Carolina Journal, March 27, 2015. Senate leaders punctuated a week of tax policy talk by introducing a $1 billion tax cut of their own. Earlier in the week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, introduced a bill changing the way local sales tax revenues would be disbursed, a move favoring rural counties […]

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House, Senate reach gas tax compromise

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 26, 2015. State House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement to revamp North Carolina’s gas tax that will cut what drivers pay at the pump starting April 1 while averting a much steeper decline that would have taken place this summer. The current gas tax is 37.5 cents per […]

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Proposed law would outlaw holding cellphone while driving

| March 26, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Bryan Mims, WRAL, March 25, 2015. A state lawmaker wants to close a loophole that makes it very difficult for law enforcement officers to enforce North Carolina’s ban on texting while driving. North Carolina is one of 40 states that have laws against texting while driving. Yet, people still send and read text messages behind […]

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House votes to eliminate protest petitions

| March 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, March 24, 2015. North Carolina residents will lose a tool neighborhoods use to fight unpopular new developments under a bill the state House gave tentative approval to Tuesday. After the 81-31 vote, the chamber is scheduled to vote again Wednesday to send the measure to the Senate. Protest petitions come into […]

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Schism evident between McCrory, legislature

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Mark Binker, WRAL, March 21, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory is frustrated with the General Assembly, and the feeling was more than mutual this week. Although Republicans control both the Executive Mansion and the legislature, the two branches of government don’t always appear to be sprouting from the same ideological tree. All this week, the […]

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Senate, McCrory at odds over corporate taxes

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, The Charlotte Observer, March 18, 2015. Senate leaders outlined a new jobs plan Wednesday that would rebalance how the state spends millions in incentives money while dropping the overall tax rate paid by corporations. The plan, backed by Senate leader Phil Berger, would especially limit how much incentives money could go to […]

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Commerce Secretary takes heat from Senators

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Colin Campbell, News and Observer, March 17, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory’s commerce secretary faced skepticism Tuesday from state senators in a powerful committee as he outlined a request to reinvigorate jobs incentives spending – one of the governor’s signature goals of the legislative session. John Skvarla, who has been McCrory’s commerce secretary since January, […]

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