Taxes (page 224)

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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
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    Where did they get the money?

    A common question on the budget has been where the Senate got the $252 million to pay for new spending without raising the sales tax. The following table explains it in gory details. The budget sets aside less for future downturns, diverts money from other funds at the same rate…
    Joseph Coletti, June 1, 2011
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    New at CJO: State budget deal and recap of key players in Easley investigation

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report offers details about the state budget deal N.C. House and Senate leaders unveiled today. Don Carrington’s latest report documents that the end of the federal criminal investigation into former Gov. Mike Easley leaves several Easley allies legally unscathed.
    Mitch Kokai, May 31, 2011
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    Businessweek profiles Norquist

    Labeling him “The Enforcer,” the latest Bloomberg Businessweek details Grover Norquist’s single-minded pursuit of the goal of no increases in tax rates. The head of Americans for Tax Reform has had remarkable success in convincing politicians to abide by campaign promises. Recent American politics…
    Mitch Kokai, May 31, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Gov. Beverly Perdue and her Democratic allies have decried Republican state budget proposals because of the number of potential state government layoffs associated with the GOP plans. What the governor ignores is the offsetting job creation linked to Republicans’ proposed tax cuts. Joseph Coletti offers a more thorough review of…
    Mitch Kokai, May 27, 2011