NC General Assembly (page 6)

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    Gov. Cooper Makes It Official

    How long will the veto last? Expectations are that the General Assembly will override Gov. Cooper’s budget veto rather quickly. There is little doubt the votes are there. Keep your eye on carolinajournal.com for the latest news.
    Donna Martinez, June 27, 2017
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    North Carolina’s Rainy Day Fund at Its Highest Level Ever

    JLF’s Joe Coletti reviews the newly-approved 2017-18 General Fund budget and cautions legislators not to become complacent about their track record of producing responsible budgets. Among the highlights of legislators’ fiscal prudence: a rainy day fund that sits at its highest level ever.
    Donna Martinez, June 27, 2017
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    Adopting a Tax Policy Hippocratic Oath: First Do No Harm

    JLF’s Roy Cordato writes that while Republicans in the state legislature have jettisoned the leftist approach to social justice in designing the structure of marginal tax rates, they have not completely rejected the idea of building progressivity into the tax system. He explains in this piece: First, from a philosophical…
    Donna Martinez, June 26, 2017
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    General Assembly Votes to Raise the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction

    In 44 states and the District of Columbia, the age at which young offenders age out of the juvenile justice system is now 18. In five states, it is 17. That leaves North Carolina as the only state that still treats all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for criminal justice…
    Jon Guze, June 23, 2017
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    A Consumer Review of HB 589, AKA The Stakeholder Energy Bill

    House Bill 589 would be a major restructuring of energy policy in our state, writes JLF’s Jon Sanders. He provides a look into select aspects of the bill here. Summary: For consumers, the most important piece of this bill is Part I, which addresses North Carolina’s significant problem with…
    Donna Martinez, June 23, 2017
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    State Budget Includes $20 Million in Local Government Grants

    JLF’s City and County Policy Analyst Julie Tisdale has been looking through the General Fund budget passed by the N.C. General Assembly. Here’s what’s she’s found so far. Most of the projects really are small, such as $13,000 to for the library in the town of St Pauls.  But…
    Donna Martinez, June 23, 2017
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    Highlights of NC’s Health and Human Services Budget

    What’s in the Health and Human Services portion of North Carolina’s 2017-19 budget plan that has been approved by the General Assembly? JLF’s Katherine Restrepo points out several key elements here.  …
    Donna Martinez, June 22, 2017
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    Research By JLF’s Jon Guze Cited By Pew/USA Today

    The budget being voted upon by state legislators this week includes a provision that changes how the criminal justice system deals with 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes. Under the change, these teens will be handled in the juvenile system, rather than the adults system. There is an exception for…
    Donna Martinez, June 22, 2017