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Graham statute bill leads to angry House debate

| April 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, April 16, 2015. House lawmakers voted 71-28 Thursday to make the Rev. Billy Graham the state’s next representative in the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol, replacing a statue of former Gov. Charles Aycock. But the debate over the honor was divisive and acrimonious at times, with Republicans accusing Democrats of […]

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Bill seeks to slow revolving door between government and business

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, April 14, 2015. The revolving door between state government and private-sector contractors would be slowed under a bill the Senate State and Local Government Committee passed Tuesday. “This is an issue we dealt with specifically in Health and Human Services,” said Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell. “We had someone … who had […]

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Tax changes bring costly surprises

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Wayne Faulkner, Wilmington Star-News, April 11, 2015. The effects of Obamacare are showing up at tax time as last-minute filers discover they may owe money to the government rather than getting money back. And changes brought about by tax reform in North Carolina are producing the same problem for some, tax preparers say. They […]

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Audit reveals former SEANC director misspent nearly $500k

| April 13, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Angie Baslouny, WRAL, April 12, 2015. The former director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina misappropriated nearly $500,000 in credit card charges and unjustified spending, according to an audit released by the organization Saturday. Dana Cope resigned in February after Wake County’s district attorney asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into […]

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McCrory wants bond referendum in November

| April 10, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Colin Campbell, Charlotte Observer, April 9, 2015. Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration wants the legislature to schedule a special election this November to let voters decide on a pair of proposals to borrow up to $2.8 billion to build new roads and renovate or replace state government buildings. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata told the N.C. […]

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2013 tax changes now showing up on NC returns

| April 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, April 9, 2015. As people scramble to meet the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns, many in North Carolina are seeing the impact of the state tax overhaul lawmakers passed in 2013. While Republicans say most taxpayers should end up paying less, Democrats contend most of the break is going […]

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Speaker Moore wants to see how religious freedom bill affects NC

| April 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Jim Morrill and Lynn Bonner, The Charlotte Observer, March 31, 2015. As opposition to a new Religious Freedom Restoration Act appeared to grow, N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore Tuesday signaled that lawmakers will take a hard look at its potential fallout. Moore called an unusual, impromptu news conference in his office to say the […]

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McCrory opposes current ‘religious freedom’ legislative proposals

| March 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

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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