NC General Assembly (page 4)

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    CJ Reports: Smokable hemp rules likely to be settled in court, Dixon says

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reported on the latest version of North Carolina Farm Act of 2019. Travis writes: A new version of Senate Bill 315, North Carolina Farm Act of 2019, passed the North Carolina House Rules Committee Tuesday, Aug. 20. The latest version of the omnibus bill…
    Brenee Goforth, August 21, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that a leading N.C. legislator believes rules tied to smokable hemp are likely to be settled in court. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina is a “middle” state.
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2019
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    North Carolina not alone: Most states miss the mark with internet sales tax collections

    For years, budget experts have forecast billions of dollars in new revenue if state could just get online retailers to collect sales taxes like their Main Street counterparts. The National Conference of State Legislatures projected North Carolina would raise $426 million a year. Since companies started collecting sales tax for…
    Joseph Coletti, August 19, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: N.C. sells liquor through 170 independent, political boards: What could go wrong?

    On Friday, Carolina Journal’s John Trump published an opinion piece on North Carolina’s government-run liquor business. Trump explains Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, has sponsored legislation in the General Assembly that would alter the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. According to Trump: House Bill 971, which McGrady sponsored, languished in the…
    Brenee Goforth, August 19, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on a bill before Gov. Roy Cooper that would help more small businesses offer health insurance to their employees. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how N.C. lawmakers have cleaned their “regulatory closet.”…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina state government ended the last budget year with a revenue surplus of almost $900 million. That’s more than $200 million more than officials had expected just three months ago. Joseph Coletti analyzes the surplus in the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Brenee Goforth discusses…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2019
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    Refunding the surplus?

    My commentary yesterday on the possibility of refunding some or all of the surplus to people has generated some discussion, thanks in part to a simpler version on this blog and to comments on Twitter. A couple suggestions seemed worth pursuing. First, refunding money to taxpayers using the…
    Joseph Coletti, August 15, 2019
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    It’s Time to Reform the N.C. Criminal Code

    This week, JLF’s Mike Schietzelt reported in a research brief on the state of North Carolina’s criminal code. Schietzelt puts forward an ordinance from Lillington, N.C. as an example of the overcomplexity and disorganization of criminal laws in the state. Lillington Ordinance 90.26 reads: 90.26 POSSESSION OF ANIMALS AND STRAYS.
    Brenee Goforth, August 14, 2019