Taxes (page 219)

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    ‘Tax the rich’ rhetoric loses steam

    That’s according to the latest Bloomberg Businessweek: Millionaires can breathe a bit easier. While President Barack Obama says he wants to let income tax cuts that benefit only the wealthiest Americans expire in 2013, several states are rolling back tax increases for top earners.
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen McMahan’s latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on federal proposals for a new tax based on vehicle mileage. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the debate over a voter identification bill in the General Assembly.
    Mitch Kokai, June 9, 2011
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    How Rob Christensen missed the truth about Medicaid, taxes, & spending

    Live BlogThere are two problems with Rob Christensen’s fruitless search for truth. Christen claims the budget cuts Medicaid spending and related jobs Perdue said the budget bill would result in $2 billion in cuts to Medicaid, the federal-state funded insurance program for the poor and the disabled; $750…
    Joseph Coletti, June 8, 2011
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    New at CJO: North Carolina drops in Mercatus Center’s freedom ranking

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online article details a new report from the libertarian Mercatus Center that says North Carolina ranks No. 18 among the 50 states in freedom, a decline from a No. 14 ranking in 2006.
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2011
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    House Appropriations Committee

    H.B. 14, Vietnam Veterans and Beirut Memorial Signs, passed H.B 351, Restore Confidence in Government, a bill which is supposed to reduce voter fraud by requiring either a picture I.D., a voter I.D. card or another method of identification (such as a utilities bill) in order to cast a ballot.
    Erin McBrayer, June 7, 2011
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    The Amazon tax battle at the national level

    Those of you who’ve followed with interest North Carolina’s “Amazon tax” might be interested in an article from the latest Bloomberg Businessweek. There’s a growing sense among state and federal lawmakers that the online sales-tax reprieve, once meant to support and nurture a fledgling…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2011
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    Perdue’s Plan to Raise Taxes Protects What??

    The following letter was apparently sent to all Orange County School Employees this afternoon from a “public information officer.”  Sounds more like a press release from the governor’s re-election office or the North Carolina Democratic Party than “public information” to me.  Wondering why taxpayer money is being used to pay…
    Becki Gray, June 2, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report dissects the state budget deal that’s moving through the N.C. Senate. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina needs no more socialized medicine.
    Mitch Kokai, June 2, 2011