Politics

Charlotte Observer
3:33 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

President Obama To Visit Charlotte On Wednesday

President Obama

The White House announced Saturday that President Barack Obama will return to Charlotte next week. Specific details are to come, but White House officials said Obama will travel to the Charlotte area on April 15 for an event on the economy.

The Charlotte visit appears to be a continuation of a tour to select cities to promote the administration's work on the economy. The visits come following a March jobs report that fell short of expectations. Employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, according to the Labor Department. That's the weakest showing in more than a year.

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Local News
9:10 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Uncertain Progress For NC Cities, Counties Seeking Lost Tax Revenue

An earlier draft of last year's legislation that removed the local business privilege license tax.
Credit NC General Assembly

Local leaders are still hoping North Carolina lawmakers will find a way to replace money lost from the elimination of the business license tax. Governor Pat McCrory reiterated his support for that Monday.  But after more than a year and despite that talk, prospects in Raleigh remain uncertain.


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Politics
11:22 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Shifting Center Or Standing Pat? The Politics Of Gov. McCrory Ahead Of 2016 Campaign

Candidate Pat McCrory from a 2012 political ad.
Credit Via YouTube

Governor Pat McCrory was Monday's guest on Charlotte Talks. The interview comes at a time when the Republican governor is at odds with state lawmakers, particularly Republicans in the Senate, on a number of key issues. These include taxes, business incentives and the state’s budget.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Appraiser Explains The Hit To Charlotte's Budget

The City of Charlotte learned this month it would receive $14 million less in property taxes than expected next year. A redo of Mecklenburg County’s flawed 2011 revaluation suddenly found property was worth much less than previously estimated. Overall, property tax value fell by $2 billion. Commercial property makes up the largest share of the dip.


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Local News
10:44 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

House And Senate Reach Deal To Slow Gas Tax Fall

Credit Rusty Clark / Flickr

Lawmakers in the North Carolina House and Senate have reached a compromise to stop a dip in the state gas tax, which would have led to deep cuts in the state Department of Transportation.

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Politics
9:58 am
Thu March 26, 2015

McCrory Says Sales Tax Bill Will Cause 'Great Harm'

Governor Pat McCrory addressing UNC officials on Wednesday.
Credit Gov. Pat McCrory

Governor Pat McCrory has now made it clear, he is against a Senate plan to redistribute sales taxes. And he’s looking for allies in that fight.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Specialty License Plates, The US Supreme Court And NC

North Carolina offers specialty license plates with the Confederate flag.
Credit http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a Texas case that could resolve an ongoing legal question in North Carolina: can lawmakers here offer a license plate that says "Choose Life" but refuse to offer a pro-choice alternative?

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Politics
11:41 am
Tue March 24, 2015

City Council Considers Charlotte Photo ID For Immigrants

A poster in support of a Charlotte Photo ID
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

The Charlotte City Council found itself on federal turf Monday night as it debated immigration policy. This after a task force submitted proposals to make the city more immigrant friendly and allow the city to better take advantage of Charlotte’s immigrant economy. There were 27 proposals in all. The most controversial: issuing a Charlotte photo ID to all immigrants who want one, whether they’re in the country legally or illegally. 

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Local News
1:36 am
Tue March 24, 2015

NC Senate Sales Tax Proposal Further Cuts Charlotte Budget

A Charlotte budget document from January shows projected revenue shortfalls under various scenarios. The bottom, dark-red line shows the elimination of the business license tax and the changed sales tax. Brown's actual bill would not create as immediate a dip, because it phases in over three years. At the time of the chart's creation, the city also had not yet been notified of a $10 million loss in property tax revenues, due to lower revaluations.
Credit City of Charlotte

Top Republicans in the state Senate Monday unveiled their proposal to shift sales taxes from urban areas to rural areas. The bill’s sponsor says it will help poorer counties, but it would compound the growing hole in Charlotte’s budget.


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Local News
8:51 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Split On Incentives Reflects General Assembly's Geographic Divide

Credit Jim Bowen / Flickr

Governor Pat McCrory has made replenishing the state’s economic incentives fund one of his top, immediate priorities. This week Republican leaders in the Senate introduced their own plan, which differs significantly from the governor’s. It sets up a debate over incentives, but also falls into a larger, intra-party fight that’s as much regional as ideological.


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