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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
Tax-Increase Foes Plan a 'Tar Heel Tea Party'
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Tax-Increase Foes Plan a 'Tar Heel Tea Party'

BY Carol Byrne Hall

Organizers are calling it the Tar Heel Tea Party, and they hope that people who don't want their taxes increased will turn out en masse for a rally today on Halifax Mall behind the Legislative Building. "At some point, you have to say, 'OK, that's enough,' " said Jerry Agar, the WPTF radio talk show host who has been promoting the rally. "I was encouraging people to send e-mails to their legislators, and people were calling, some last Tuesday but mostly Wednesday, saying we should do more. So that's how the idea for the rally got started."

07/31/2001
Sheriff Misses His Cowboy Boots
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Sheriff Misses His Cowboy Boots

BY Joanna Kakissis

Wake County Sheriff John Baker, hospitalized since Tuesday for a flare-up of gout, went home Friday. He answered the phone, gruff but upbeat, and revealed that his most pressing problem in the coming days will be what to wear. Baker, a former professional football player and the state's longest-serving sheriff, is a man of habit. Every day, he slips on blue or black suits to wear to work. Black cowboy boots complete the ensemble.

07/28/2001
Black Ponders Risk on Tax Plan
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Black Ponders Risk on Tax Plan

BY Wade Rawlins

House Speaker Jim Black on Thursday weighed whether to risk bringing a proposed $ 440 million tax package before the full House next week while Republicans organized opposition to defeat the proposal. Black, a Democrat from Matthews, said he'll decide by the time lawmakers return Monday night whether to bring up the tax-increase package for a floor vote or include it with the budget. If he makes it part of the budget, lawmakers would have to vote against the entire budget to vote against the tax increase.

07/27/2001
Coble Dismisses Zebulon's Request for Help
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Coble Dismisses Zebulon's Request for Help

BY T. Keung Hui

months after Zebulon went to court to kick the Carolina Mudcats baseball team out of Five County Stadium unless the team paid more rent, the town is asking the local big boys - Raleigh and Wake County - to join its fight. Clyde Holt, an attorney who represents both Zebulon and the Triangle East Regional Sports Authority, the public body that oversees the stadium, asked the Raleigh City Council on Tuesday to intervene in the suit. Holt also sent a letter to Wake County officials asking the county for support.

07/21/2001
Johnston's heriff pours himself into his work
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Johnston's heriff pours himself into his work

07/19/2001
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
'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
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
Groups Rally for Smaller, Cheaper Government
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Groups Rally for Smaller, Cheaper Government

BY Wade Rawlins

Under a white tent behind the Legislative Building on Tuesday, about 250 tax protesters cheered speeches against tax increases and against a state lottery, chanting "We Want Less." Meanwhile, watching the anti-tax rally from just beyond the tent's shadow, state Rep. Paul Luebke, co-chairman of the state House Finance Committee, ticked off a series of possible tax increases his committee may consider to provide more money for the state budget.

06/06/2001

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