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Citizens Call Hand Of Legislators’ Ploy
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Citizens Call Hand Of Legislators’ Ploy

Recently the debate on increasing the tax burden on the hard working families of North Carolina has taken a disingenuous turn. Those who support higher taxes are trying to fool the people into believing they are not raising taxes when, in fact, they are. NEWS & OBSERVER, Saturday, July 14, 2001, "Goal is Balance"

07/16/2001
Lawmakers Question Use of 911 Money
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Lawmakers Question Use of 911 Money

BY Scott Mooneyham

Across North Carolina, local governments have accumulated substantial reserves, some exceeding $1 million, from a little-publicized 911 service charge included on local telephone bills. The charge, approved by lawmakers in 1989, was intended to help counties improve their 911 emergency calling technology. Many of those improvements involved technology that allowed 911 operators to identify a caller's location.

07/16/2001
Energy Plan Results in Loud Cries From Both Sides During Meeting
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Energy Plan Results in Loud Cries From Both Sides During Meeting

BY Pam Easton

Advocates for wind power and other renewable energy sources bickered with supporters of President Bush's aggressive plans for more power plants and offshore drilling at a town hall meeting Monday night in the nation's energy capital. "The Bush plan is just a scam," protesters against the plan shouted as they marched in a circle in front of a 20-foot-tall inflatable White House replica with four smoke stacks emerging from its roof. They said renewable energy, such as wind power, should be considered before reverting to old methods, such as coal burning.

07/16/2001
Goal is Balance
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Goal is Balance

BY Amy Gardner

Gov. Mike Easley would love for voters to compare North Carolina's budget crisis to their own struggles to keep their checkbooks balanced without sacrificing the essentials during these tough economic times. Mom and Dad's paychecks may have gone up a little bit this year - but so did their health insurance premiums and their gas bill. There's a net decrease of family income, in fact, so some belt-tightening is in order if that bank account is going to be kept out of the red. Oh, and there's no money in savings, either, thanks to last year's home repairs.

07/14/2001
CSE Trade Promotion Authority: Good for the U.S., World Economies
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CSE Trade Promotion Authority: Good for the U.S., World Economies

As Congress moves toward voting on legislation aimed at giving the president the ability to negotiate trade agreements with foreign nations, hundreds of thousands of citizens have weighed in on the subject and are urging Congress to support this legislation to help not only the U.S. economy, but also the world economy. Paul Beckner, president of Citizens for a Sound Economy, a group with hundreds of thousands of grassroots members nationwide, issued the following statement regarding this legislation, known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):

07/13/2001
'Pledge' Influences Tax Debate
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'Pledge' Influences Tax Debate

This article originally ran in the Raleigh News & Observer.

07/13/2001
'Pledge' Influences Tax Debate
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'Pledge' Influences Tax Debate

BY Rob Christensen

While the General Assembly is tinkering around the edges of the tax code - considering closing corporate loopholes and giving counties more taxing power - prospects for a major across-the-board tax increase are uncertain. One major reason: The Pledge. Never heard of it? Well the state legislature has. And The Pledge has played an important role in shaping how North Carolina has responded to the state's budget crisis.

07/13/2001
Second Wind for the Global Economy
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Second Wind for the Global Economy

Copley News Service, 07/12/2001 Even as the world faces the threat of a global economic downturn, government regulators here and abroad go about the business of destroying wealth, jobs and opportunity, and stifling business and technological innovation. The regulatory burden has to be relaxed quickly, and the United States has to lead the way.

07/12/2001
Revenue Fight Divides House
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Revenue Fight Divides House

BY Wade Rawlins

A closely divided state House showed a willingness Wednesday to meet the Senate part way on raising revenue to balance the budget, tentatively approving legislation to close three corporate tax loopholes. House Democrats joined by six Republicans approved the measure to tighten the state's treatment of limited liability corporations, royalty payments and subsidiary dividends by a 66-51 vote. The bill, which would generate about $ 61 million, is scheduled for a final vote today.

07/12/2001
Grassroots: The Way of the Future
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Grassroots: The Way of the Future

A recent article in a major North Carolina newspaper highlighted the development of grassroots support for special interests in North Carolina. Groups such as the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the State Employees Association (SEA), and even the North Carolina Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association (NCBWWA) were praised in the article for taking their messages directly to the people.

07/11/2001

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