Sarah Curry

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  • How much are lawmakers really paid?

    There is an article floating around complaining about how low NC state lawmakers are paid.  While the article, and state law, mention that members of the General Assembly are paid an annual salary of $13,951 –  That figure is misleading.  According to the legislative finance office, it breaks down…
    Sarah Curry, October 23, 2015
  • New data shows states that expand Medicaid spend more than states that don’t

    A Kaiser report shows that state’s that expanded Medicaid have spent more on the program than states that didn’t. Medicaid spending soared nearly 14 percent last year—its biggest annual increase in at least two decades—as a result of millions of newly eligible low-income enrollees signing up under the Affordable Care…
    Sarah Curry, October 22, 2015
  • Property Tax revaluation schedules….time for some counties to reset

    Property taxes, while they are the largest revenue source for local governments, have not had much interference at the state level and remain a locally controlled revenue source. Real property is required by the state to be revalued every 8 years, but many counties elect to revalue more frequently. Unfortunately,…
    Sarah Curry, October 22, 2015
  • Iconic Ice Cream business celebrates 100 years in Gaston County

    In Gaston County, just a few miles west of Charlotte, an icon of history stands there – Tony’s Ice Cream.  For the last 100 years, Tony’s has been serving Ice Cream to the residents of Gaston County.  Beginning with a horse drawn cart serving ice cream to the Firestone Mill…
    Sarah Curry, October 22, 2015
  • Where our tax-dollars go

    Sarah Curry, October 9, 2015
  • Poll shows that NC residents prefer paying sales tax over income tax

    After another heated legislative session discussing tax rates, it’s no wonder there has been a poll asking citizens which they prefer.  A recent High Point University poll answered some questions that directly relate to what the legislature did with regards to tax reform. The Asheville Citizen Times paper reported…
    Sarah Curry, October 9, 2015
  • Lawmakers tout lowering gas tax as session accomplishment, but they actually raised it

    The 2015 long session did not disappoint, because it was definitely long.  Lawmakers tackled many issues including Medicaid reform, teacher pay, and tax changes.  But one major issue that many took interest was the change to the gas tax.  If you don’t remember, the gas tax earlier this year was…
    Sarah Curry, October 6, 2015