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Thinking Inside the Box
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Thinking Inside the Box

BY Dennis Rogers

Somebody has to say it, so I will: It is time to raise taxes. Sales taxes, property taxes, income taxes, I don't care. We've got to do something drastic, because this political po' mouthin' has got to stop. I know such a radical idea might not thrill the John Locke Foundation or the N.C. Citizens for a Sound Economy protesters who showed up to chant and drink tea in front of the legislature Monday afternoon, but hey, you call 'em like you see 'em.

04/10/2002
Anti-Tax Rally Targets Legislature
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Anti-Tax Rally Targets Legislature

BY Wade Rawlins

George Alan Esworthy, a software engineer from Apex, joined an anti-tax rally in front of the General Assembly on Monday carrying a Navy flag used to signal other ships to attack the enemy. On the striped flag was a snake and the motto "Don't tread on me." "I'm angry," Esworthy said. "The politicians keep telling us we have a shortfall. That's a lie, We have an overspending problem. I keep getting angrier because they just don't get the message." Sue Eaton, a Raleigh homemaker, held up a protest sign that announced that anyone paying attention should be outraged.

04/09/2002
Budget Cuts: Round Two
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Budget Cuts: Round Two

BY Amy Gardner

When asked to give back more than $ 1 billion from this year's budget, state agencies returned unspent salaries, turned over unanticipated income from service fees and, in one case, dipped into a well-padded reserve account, newly released budget documents show. All of which raises this question: Can they do it again?

04/09/2002
A decade of work for temps
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A decade of work for temps

BY Lynn Bonner

Two workers hired into temporary jobs ended up working for the Governor's Highway Safety Program about 10 years before losing their posts this month. The jobs came under the scrutiny of Gene Conti, chief deputy secretary of the state Department of Transportation, after a reorganization made the program part of the department. In reviewing the program's structure, Conti found that two employees hired about 10 years ago through company that places temporary workers still had those contract jobs.

03/21/2002
Cooper defends ad use
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Cooper defends ad use

BY Rob Christensen

State Attorney General Roy Cooper has been running public service ads in newspapers and on radio stations across North Carolina -- the same practice that became a major issue in the last governor's race. The Attorney General's Office has spent $ 219,486 on public service ads warning homeowners of predatory lending practices by mortgage lenders. The radio and newspaper ads are paid for from the proceeds of court settlements resulting from a lawsuit brought against a mortgage lender.

02/23/2002
Easley appoints group to simplify tax code
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Easley appoints group to simplify tax code

BY Amy Gardner

Gov. Mike Easley on Friday appointed a panel to tackle one of the toughest tasks in government: tax reform. Easley's picks for the 15-member Commission to Modernize State Finances include elected officials, accountants and other business leaders. The governor is asking the group to simplify the tax code, insulate state revenues from economic downturns, update the tax structure for the modern economy and keep it fair and competitive.

02/02/2002
Meeker, Coble face off
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Meeker, Coble face off

BY Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Raleigh -- Mayor Paul Coble and challenger Charles Meeker clashed over taxes, clear-cutting and roads during a debate Monday evening that drew the largest live crowd of the campaign. But the candidates broke little new ground as each argued that he had better ideas and each took swipes at the other's record.

10/30/2001
Foes swap sharp words
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Foes swap sharp words

BY Joanna Kakissis

RALEIGH -- Paul Coble and Charles Meeker debated for the second time in their mayoral campaign Thursday night, offering widely different answers on solving traffic problems, supporting public safety and privatizing city services such as parking enforcement. Coble, the 48-year-old insurance broker and the incumbent mayor, and Meeker, the 51-year-old lawyer who is challenging him, will meet in two more debates before the runoff election Nov. 6.

10/26/2001
Gray run for Senate is unlikely
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Gray run for Senate is unlikely

A rumor that former White House counsel C. Boyden Gray was considering a U.S. Senate race made the rounds Wednesday but was quickly shot down by Republican sources in Washington and North Carolina.

10/25/2001
Sales tax increase in effect
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Sales tax increase in effect

BY Amy Gardner

Ask shoppers what they think about the half-penny increase in the sales tax that goes into effect today, and a lot of them throw back a blank stare. "I don't even know what the sales tax (rate) is," said Diane Chapman of Fuquay-Varina, who was shopping with her 2-year-old son Monday afternoon at the Target in Garner. "I don't think it'll make a difference to anybody," said Marian Worsley of Raleigh, shopping at Simple Pleasures, a gift shop and cafe on Glenwood Avenue. But others aren't happy with the timing of the tax hike.

10/16/2001

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