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5:12 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Proposed Changes To Sales Tax Distribution Worries Municipalities League Director

The opening of Charlotte’s Premium Outlets last year has helped boost Mecklenburg County’s tax base. A legislative proposal that would redistribute sales tax revenue base on population could hurt Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, but benefit smaller counties such as Rowan and Lincoln.
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North Carolina legislative leaders are pushing for a significant change in how sales taxes are distributed.

Currently, 75 percent of all sales tax collections go to the county where the sales occurred. The rest is spread by population.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Onslow County wants to spread sales tax collections across the state by population.

“Large urban counties have had an unfair advantage for decades. This bill restructures the sales tax system so rural, poor counties can finally receive a fair shake,” he says.

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Local News
10:07 am
Thu March 5, 2015

House Votes For Gas Tax Cut/Hike

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The North Carolina House has voted for a slight drop—followed by a more substantial hike—for the state gas tax. Lawmakers have called the bill a stopgap.

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Local News
4:34 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Economic Incentives Move Toward Final Vote In NC House

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A bill containing tax breaks to lure businesses to North Carolina passed its first vote in the state House of Representatives, although it divided both parties. The bill expands several economic incentives, but sponsors emphasized one goal in particular: to lure a carmaker to the state.

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Local News
10:38 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

NC Lawmakers Look To Restrict Land Seizures With Constitutional Amendment

A proposed amendment to North Carolina’s constitution seeks to restrict when state and local governments can seize private land. The amendment passed the state House of Representatives last week, is on to the Senate, and would ultimately require voter approval in 2016, but the actual effect is uncertain.

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Local News
8:05 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

NC Senate Passing Gas Tax Raise As A Cut

A chart of changes the bill will cause to gas tax revenue (higher revenue also means a higher gas tax) this fiscal year, and over the next four, based on data from the North Carolina General Assembly's Fiscal Research Division. All numbers in millions.
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Republican sponsors called it a tax cut, but a bill awaiting one final vote in the North Carolina Senate would ultimately raise the tax. And, those same sponsors are counting on the revenue it will bring in.

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11:19 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Glitch Takes General Assembly Website Into The World Of Redirects And Credit Cards

This is the website for North Carolina's General Assembly? Kind of.
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The website for North Carolina’s General Assembly can be a bit confusing to navigate. Today, well, let’s just say, "bless their hearts."

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Local News
9:34 am
Tue February 10, 2015

New NC Legislative Caucus Targets 'Main Street' Issues

Democratic party activists in North Carolina last weekend chose former legislator Patsy Keever of Asheville as the new chair of the state party. She takes the helm as North Carolina Democrats face fundraising struggles and a continued Republican “super-majority” in the General Assembly. Keever will no doubt hear from a recently-formed coalition of House and Senate lawmakers who've dubbed themselves the N.C. Main Street Democratic Caucus. They promise to push for “centrist” and “pro-business” policies in the legislature.  Senator Joel Ford of Mecklenburg County is part of the caucus. He says, Democrats in the state have gotten distracted by focusing too much on issues like same-sex marriage, abortion and the environment.

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1:54 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Most NC Schools Receive Bs, Cs

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Nearly 60 percent of CMS schools scored a C or below on new state report cards that include letter grades for the first time. The grades are mostly based on students’ scores on standardized tests.  Twenty percent is based on the growth of those scores from year-to-year. 

State school board member John Tate of Charlotte said the scores don’t accurately show the hard work of teachers and students at some high-poverty schools.

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6:02 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Why This State Of The State Speech Might Be Different

Governor Pat McCrory will deliver his 2015 State of the State address tonight.

Wednesday night, Governor Pat McCrory will give the annual State of the State address. This is, of course, an annual event. But this speech could have more influence on North Carolina politics than in years past.

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Local News
11:55 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Republican Lawmakers Slow The Pace

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North Carolina lawmakers officially kicked off the new session two weeks ago, but the work of filing bills and committee meetings began in earnest today. Since gaining control in 2010, the Republican majority has pushed major legislation aggressively from the outset. But in their fifth year, the pace has slowed, intentionally.

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