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America Still Needs Energy Plan
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America Still Needs Energy Plan

Wake up, America. Don’t let those lower gas prices lull you into complacency. America is currently facing the most severe energy shortage since the 1970’s oil embargoes. While mostly identified through rolling blackouts in California, the nation as a whole is suffering from higher energy costs and limited supply. Our country currently suffers under an outdated and ill-conceived energy structure. Despite growing populations and rising standards of living, not a single major oil refinery has been built in over a decade.

08/01/2001
Tax Lines Drawn
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Tax Lines Drawn

BY Anna Griffin

Gov. Mike Easley and General Assembly leaders heard conflicting but stark messages Tuesday as they continued to seek solutions to the state's worst budget crisis in at least a decade. First, Easley's top economic advisers warned that a combination of significant tax increases and spending cuts are unavoidable if the state is to balance its budget and keep its AAA bond rating.

08/01/2001
Anti-Tax Hike Protesters Go To Raleigh
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Anti-Tax Hike Protesters Go To Raleigh

BY Christopher Kirkpatrick

RALEIGH - Protesters gathered at the Legislative Building on Tuesday to oppose plans to raise sales and income taxes to close a budget hole. Inside during a House session, Speaker of the House Jim Black, a Mecklenburg County Democrat, announced that people from across the state had come to the General Assembly and that some were in the gallery.

08/01/2001
Funding Isn't the Point...
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Funding Isn't the Point...

BY Martha Jenkins

As a member of Citizens for a Sound Economy, I resent Paula Wolf's quoted comment in your July 31 article "Tax-increase foes plan a 'Tar Heel Tea Party'." Wolf downplayed the rally on Tuesday by claiming that CSE is a "national organization funded by big business around the country."

08/01/2001
Protesters' Squall Hits Budget Stall
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Protesters' Squall Hits Budget Stall

BY Wade Rawlins

The two sides of North Carolina's tax debate weighed in loudly Tuesday, when a spirited group of 600 anti-tax demonstrators waved posters and chanted slogans behind the Legislative Building, and Gov. Mike Easley pledged not to sign a budget that jeopardizes the state's financial health.

08/01/2001
Business Chiefs Skip Tea Party
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Business Chiefs Skip Tea Party

BY Rob Christensen

Guess who didn't attend Tuesday's anti-tax "tea party" at the General Assembly? Big bidness. It's not that big bidness is anti-social or that its people didn't learn the correct way to drink a cup of tea - pinkie extended - at the country club. No, big bidness is on the opposite side of the issue from the big tea bags of the anti-tax movement: The Citizens for a Sound Economy, the John Locke Foundation, the state Republican Party, and the conservative talk-radio announcers.

08/01/2001
"No New Taxes"
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"No New Taxes"

BY Eric Dyer

Hundreds rallied Tuesday against a legislative proposal to raise taxes as the North Carolina budget standoff showed no sign of easing. Gov. Mike Easley also said he would reject any spending measure that does not safeguard the state's spotless credit rating.

08/01/2001
State Giving 278 Workers Layoff Notice
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State Giving 278 Workers Layoff Notice

BY Lynn Bonner

Gov. Easley directed his top managers on Monday to lay off 278 state employees whose jobs have been targeted for elimination in spending plans under negotiation in the General Assembly. Most of the employees to be laid off work in the university system or in the Department of Health and Human Services. All are aware that their jobs have been recommended for elimination, Easley said. They will receive 30 days' notice today so agencies can begin saving money more quickly than if they waited for lawmakers to pass a final budget, he said.

08/01/2001
Tax Protesters Gather at Legislature
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Tax Protesters Gather at Legislature

BY Scott Mooneyham

Determined to stop a tax hike, protesters gathered outside the Legislature on Tuesday to criticize a Democratic proposal to increase sales taxes and create a new upper income tax bracket. About 700 people showed up at the "Tar Heel Tea Party," some wearing tea bags attached to their lapel buttons. The event was organized by talk radio hosts in several cities across the state along with the conservative groups that included the John Locke Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy.

08/01/2001
Protest Turns Out Nearly 1,000 Against the Proposed $1.2 Billion Tax Hike at the "Tar Heel Tea Party"
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Protest Turns Out Nearly 1,000 Against the Proposed $1.2 Billion Tax Hike at the "Tar Heel Tea Party"

Raleigh- Throngs of North Carolina CSE activists converged on the grounds of the Legislative Building on July 31, 2001, to demand that their legislators oppose any new tax increases.

07/31/2001

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