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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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Press Release

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
Leadership is Needed to Solve the Budget Challenges
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Leadership is Needed to Solve the Budget Challenges

North Carolina’s Senate and House leadership are devising a scheme threatening our state’s most vulnerable citizens to help these politicians raise taxes. We need leadership to solve our budget challenges, not threats. The real choice we are faced with today is how are we spending the additional $500 million in new revenue. Will we use this to protect human services and protect our children, or will we use $500 million to create new government spending?

07/11/2001
Martin Commissioners, Prioritize Your Wish List
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Martin Commissioners, Prioritize Your Wish List

BY Ray Adams

Editor: Recently Martin County commissioners voted to abolish the sales tax referendum - for this year - by a slim (3-2) margin. They promised to look for additional revenue for capital improvements from the budget process, but were not optimistic. If thwarted, they would revisit the sales tax in the 2002 general elections.

07/11/2001
Capitol Comment 297 - Abundant Energy: The Building Block of Prosperity
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Capitol Comment

Capitol Comment 297 - Abundant Energy: The Building Block of Prosperity

Rising gas prices and rolling blackouts have made energy policy a hot issue nationwide. Some believe the solution is to procure new supplies to meet increasing demand. Others argue that conservation and efficiency will make more production unnecessary.

07/10/2001
Whose Gig is Up?
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Whose Gig is Up?

In a recent interview with The News and Observer Governor Mike Easley called for a tax increase to address the state’s budget problems. The governor declared "...the gig's up. We're just going to have to get a lot of new revenue."

07/10/2001
Easley - Black - Basnight: Offering False Choices
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Easley - Black - Basnight: Offering False Choices

The Democrat leadership, including Governor Easley, Speaker Black and Senate President Basnight, has been carefully choreographing a way to raise taxes over the past six months. It appears that their plan is to present a false choice between raising taxes and cutting human services. Jonathan Hill, director of North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy, issued the following statement regarding this false choice:

07/10/2001
Leaders: Tax Hike Now Likely Warning By Bond Rating Firm Tips Balance
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Leaders: Tax Hike Now Likely Warning By Bond Rating Firm Tips Balance

BY Mark Johnson and Cristina Breen

N.C. state leaders, deep in budget negotiations and facing an unexpected $170 million drop in revenue, are openly talking about a topic dreaded in politics: a tax increase. In less than a week, Gov. Mike Easley, the speaker of the House and the leader of the Senate have joined a variety of lawmakers and business executives in saying they expect this year's budget to include some kind of tax hike, likely giving localities the option of a 1/2-cent boost in the sales tax.

07/10/2001
Gov. Easley: "We Have to Raise Taxes"
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Gov. Easley: "We Have to Raise Taxes"

Recently, Governor Easley said “the jig’s up. We’re just going to have to get us a lot of new revenue.” While not surprising, it is troubling in that he now says he will not look for any other options besides additional taxes. Gov. Easley has again decided to take the easy way out and declare doom and gloom unless he is allowed reach even deeper into the taxpayers’ pocket for more money to fund an ever-growing state government. At North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy, we believe there’s a better way.

07/09/2001
President Right to Balk At Bad Kyoto Treaty
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President Right to Balk At Bad Kyoto Treaty

BY Thomas B. Hauck

Editor: President Bush acted very responsibly when he announced that the United States would not ratify the Kyoto Protocol. The facts behind his decision include the following: In July 1997, the U.S. Senate (by a vote of 95-0) told then-President Clinton not to sign the Kyoto Protocol unless the "developed" and "developing" countries were treated equally.

07/09/2001

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