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Sunday Headlines
9:46 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Sun. Headlines: What Happened to Adam Smith?

Adam Kent Smith
Credit CMPD

What happened to Adam Smith? The 24-year-old man died last week after apparently being hit with a blunt object. With little information to go on, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are looking for anyone who may have seen him before his death.

Officers were directing traffic on West Morehead Street near downtown Wednesday when Smith approached saying he was hurt. He died later at the hospital, the medical examiner says as a result of blunt force trauma. 

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Politics
7:03 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

McCrory Lashes Out On Sales Tax And Magistrate Bills

Governor Pat McCrory
Credit Courtesy of the Governor's Office

In an hour-long interview with WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Monday, Governor Pat McCrory lashed out at Republican lawmakers in Raleigh for what he sees as bad and misguided legislation. This includes a proposal to redistribute sales tax and what’s become known as ‘The Magistrate Bill.’

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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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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
5:12 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.
Credit John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

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
4:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Mecklenburg Voters Say 'No' To Sales Tax

Marinn Bengel with Together 4 Meck tells reporters people still support higher teacher pay even though sales tax failed. She's flanked by CMS Board Chairwoman Mary McCray and Tracy Russ.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters did not approve a quarter cent sales tax that would have gone mostly to raise CMS employee pay.  Sixty-one percent of voters said 'no' to that.  

The sales tax didn’t have much organized opposition.  The idea just didn’t take. It lost in precincts throughout the county, save for one in Davidson and a few neighborhoods just southeast of uptown. 

A group called Together 4 Meck sprung into action to advocate for the tax.

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WFAE Talks
1:13 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: Senate Candidates' Accomplishments, Sales Tax

Credit WFAE

Election week is finally upon us.  Ben Bradford, Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf talk about what the Democratic and Republican candidates for Senate have accomplished in their political careers.  We also talk about the sales tax referendum on Mecklenburg County ballots - what it goes for and how it got on the ballot in the first place. 

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Local News
9:13 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Voters To Weigh In On Sales Tax For CMS Employee Pay

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison speaks to parents, teachers, and principals at South Meck High School about the sales tax referendum.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters will decide next week whether to increase the county’s sales tax by a quarter cent. If approved, Mecklenburg County’s sales tax would be 7.5 percent. Most of the increase would be used to boost the salaries of CMS employees. But there’s also money in there for the library system, Central Piedmont Community College and the Arts and Science Council. 

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Local News
9:37 am
Wed August 13, 2014

CMS Board Supports Sales Tax, But Feels Left Out Of Process

The CMS school board decided to support the quarter cent sales tax that would mostly go to teacher pay.  But board members made it clear Tuesday night they did not like how it ended up on the ballot. 


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WFAE Talks
4:04 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: The Budget, Lawmaker Tensions, Sales Tax, Coal Ash = Sleepy Reporters

News Director Greg Collard and reporters Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock (sitting in for Lisa Miller) discuss how lawmakers finally reached a budget deal. They also discuss the myriad of disputes that have dragged out and kept Tom and Ben up late at night, even prompting one of them to turn a WFAE studio into a bedroom of sorts.

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