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What’s the gas tax rush?

If it feels like SB 20, changes to the gas tax bill, is on a fast track, you are correct.  Under current law, a portion of the gas tax is re-calculated every six months depending on the wholesale price of petroleum. The rate is re-set every six months on Jan. 1 and July 1.  ButContinue Reading

Whew! Historic Preservation Tax Credit has expired. Or has it?

The Governor budgets $12.2M for it, the Secretary of Cultural Resources is on a bus tour promoting it, and JLF breaks it down.  What’s all the fuss about North Carolina’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit?  As with all these special interest special treatments, they’re a bad deal for taxpayers. In addition to 20% federal income taxContinue Reading

Independent Redistricting Commission in NC may depend on Arizona

Carolina Journal has covered the good, the bad and the ugly of the once a decade redistricting process since 2001. We’ve accused both Republicans and Democrats of partisan gerrymandering as the most compelling reason to create an independent commission. The John Locke Foundation has been part of a good government coalition advocating for an independentContinue Reading

NC Competes. How?

House Bill 117, NC Competes, makes changes to several of North Carolina’s economic development programs. H.B. 117 moves $20 million that was set aside for a Job Catalyst Fund to a renamed Site Acceleration Fund and modifies the criteria for a single sales factor apportionment. The bill extends a sales tax refund over $2.5 millionContinue Reading

Re: Freeing up N.C. Distilleries to Sell Some of Their Product

As we learned at a recent Shaftesbury Society talk, there are efforts afoot to change NC law to allow distilleries to sell samples of their product as part of a tasting tour, much like wineries already do.  Senate Bill 24 was filed earlier this month and sits in the Senate Rules Committee. A companion bill, HouseContinue Reading

NC’s Cash for Jobs – at all levels

As the General Assembly continues talks on new corporate welfare – your state tax dollars doled out to whomever they deem the new “big thing”.  It doesn’t stop there.  Don’t forget your local tax dollars are in play as well. Good example – Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant is being courted by Robeson, Hoke, HarnettContinue Reading

Re: Tax Increases are not the only option

As the House now begins to consider Senate Bill 20, changes to the gas tax, some of the recommendations suggesting there are options rather than tax increases  are being discussed.  House Bill 67 would phase out the transfer from the Highway Fund to the General Fund over four years, $49 Million a year.  Making sure thatContinue Reading

Tax increases are not the only option.

How we build and maintain roads in North Carolina is complicated.  How we pay for them doesn’t have to be. Here are four suggestions (in order of policy preference) to fix the gas tax/transportation problem without increasing taxes: 1. Spend highway money on highways. Stop diverting and spending on non-highway needs. No more to railContinue Reading

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