NC General Assembly

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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on the N.C. House vote to exempt military retiree pay from the state income tax. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion explains why a state tax cut is a must for North Carolina. John Trump’s CJ Opinion focuses on Gov. Roy Cooper playing politics with…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2021
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    Supporting Innovation: Locke’s Jordan Roberts Explains Why a ‘Regulatory Sandbox’ Is Smart Policy

    Yes, the name is sorta funny — a ‘regulatory sandbox.’ But in an age of rapid innovation, it’s the type of forward thinking that aims to support entrepreneurial efforts while keeping in place a lighter level of oversight that doesn’t hinder economic growth and hold back new technologies. Locke’s…
    Donna Martinez, June 16, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Dallas Woodhouse reports for Carolina Journal Online that a spike in state tax collections could open the door to historic tax relief. John Hood’s CJ Opinion explains why government shouldn’t set prices. Leah Byers’ CJ Opinion exposes the left’s hypocrisy on the issue of donor privacy.
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2021
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    Locke’s Donald Bryson: North Carolina Is An Economic Success Story In These Tough Times

    Writing at realclearpolicy.com, Locke President Donald Bryson makes the critical point that sound fiscal decisions matter. He points to North Carolina as the model for other states in being able to weather the COVID-19 pandemic without cutting core services or raising taxes, as other states are doing. Ours really…
    Donna Martinez, June 14, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Donna King reports for Carolina Journal Online about the N.C. Senate vote to ban abortions based on race, gender, or Down syndrome. Ben Goodman’s opinion article asks whether we’ll see a “second coming” of former President Donald Trump.
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2021
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    Tracking the State Budget: Carolina Journal’s Donna King Talks With WPTF

    Now that legislative leaders have agreed to a topline number for the new state budget, we await details of how they propose to use taxpayer dollars to fund state government operations. Carolina Journal reported this week: With the end of the state’s fiscal year just three weeks away, the…
    Donna Martinez, June 10, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on the 36-14 state Senate vote to approve a tax reform package. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion highlights Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s recognition that politics can’t solve spiritual and cultural problems.
    Mitch Kokai, June 10, 2021
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    Testimony in Favor of Bill Returning Absentee Ballot Deadline to Election Day

    I spoke today at the General Assembly in favor of S326, entitled “Election Day Integrity Act.” The bill would return the deadline for county boards of election to receive absentee-by-mail ballots to 5:00 PM on election day. The deadline over the past decade has been three…
    Andy Jackson, June 9, 2021