NC General Assembly

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    A step forward on criminal law reform

    On Monday night, the North Carolina Senate passed SB 584, a criminal law reform bill that represents an important step toward creating a more effective, efficient, and fair criminal justice system. Right now, local governments and some administrative agencies have the power to create new crimes on their own. Some…
    Mike Schietzelt, May 7, 2019
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    Ballots Won’t Include Captions Describing Constitutional Amendments

    How will your November ballot look? Six constitutional amendments will be on the North Carolina ballot, and you will be asked to approve or reject each one. Tuesday’s special legislative session determined the wording on the ballot, as Carolina Journal reports: In a special session convened with less than…
    Donna Martinez, July 25, 2018
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    Where Does Your North Carolina Tax Money Go?

    As North Carolinians rushed to meet this week’s tax filing deadline, no doubt many wondered where their money is going. We decided to make it easy to understand how their hard-earned money is being spent. John Locke Foundation Senior Fellow Joe Coletti tells us North Carolinians pay an average of $2,500…
    Donna Martinez, April 18, 2018
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    Will State Legislators and Gov. Cooper Get Along In 2018?

    Last year was filled with legal battles between legislative leaders and Gov. Roy Cooper. Will 2018 be the same? JLF’s Becki Gray discusses the strained relationship among Cooper and Republican leaders of North Carolina’s General Assembly. Gray offered these comments during the Jan. 2, 2018, edition of Spectrum News’ “…
    Donna Martinez, January 3, 2018
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    Survey: Partisan Split on Business Issues Among N.C. Legislators

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal on a survey from the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation. The survey reflects the views of North Carolina legislator. Republicans consistently support issues vital to business and industry, while Democrats’ actions show lower enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, a survey of General Assembly members concluded.
    Donna Martinez, November 22, 2017
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    Is North Carolina Next, Or Will Voters Endorse Reforms?

    Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation senior vice president, discusses the potential impact of 2017 Virginia elections on 2018 N.C. races. Gray offered these comments during the Nov. 8, 2017, edition of Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight.” Watch.
    Donna Martinez, November 13, 2017
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    US News Points to North Carolina as Tax Reform Done Right

    Writing for US News, Jared Walczak explains why North Carolina is a model for tax reform. North Carolina’s overhaul of its tax code yielded the most dramatic improvement in the “State Business Tax Climate Index’s” history, with the state’s ranking improving from 41st to 11th since 2013. More significantly,…
    Donna Martinez, November 2, 2017
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    What Happens When States Like North Carolina Offer Film Incentives?

    Film incentives have support in North Carolina on both sides of the political aisle. Jon Sanders, John Locke Foundation director of regulatory studies, says that’s flawed thinking. In this interview, he discusses states’ use of targeted incentives to lure film productions. WATCH.
    Donna Martinez, October 25, 2017