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December Legislative Report

HAPPIER NEW YEAR, THEY HOPE With the end of 2013 in sight, North Carolina government officials already are looking to 2014 for a fresh start. And that includes legislators, the governor and his cabinet, and the congressional delegation. The Republican-led … Continue reading

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END IN SIGHT?

The 2013-14 state budget is now in the hands of House and Senate conferees. This is almost the last step in the process, but this year it is complex and the negotiations may be brutal. The Senate version is far … Continue reading

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BRISK PACE

As the Legislature ends its third week in the 2013 session, major legislation is sailing through the House and Senate. Gov. Pat McCrory already has signed two major bills: (1) requiring public schools to create diplomas for graduating seniors to … Continue reading

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WHO SAID CONSERVATIVE MEANS DULL?

North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly is pushing full steam ahead with an agenda embraced by conservatives. But boring, it is not. Both the House and the Senate have pushed through bills that have major consequences for the business community. But … Continue reading

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AWAY WE GO

Next Wednesday, the House and Senate members for the 2013-14 General Assembly will gather in Raleigh to take the oaths of office. The next two weeks will be dominated by ceremonies with the inauguration of Gov. Pat McCrory and on … Continue reading

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ARE WE BUSINESS-FRIENDLY?

North Carolina consistently over the past two decades has been cited as a top state in which to do business. This month CNBC ranked us fourth (Texas with no income tax is first). Site Selection magazine has us second. But … Continue reading

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WE HAVE … ER, HAD … A BUDGET

This morning Gov. Perdue announced she will veto the $20.4 billion budget adopted by the General Assembly. She has opposed cuts to public education and had asked leaders of the House and Senate to consider adding $200 million for classroom … Continue reading

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POLITICS AND THE BUDGET

This week the N.C. House of Representatives approved a $20.5 billion budget for 2012 – 13. The budget is slightly more than that for the current year, but better than expected revenues enabled the lawmakers to pass on the governor’s … Continue reading

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ROUND ONE FOR ELECTIONS

It was “pay back” for some legislators during the recent primaries. Democrat Rep. Jim Crawford, a 14-terms veteran, was defeated by Rep. Winkie Wilkins with whom he was double-bunked during the recent redistricting. Crawford was one of five Democrats who … Continue reading

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VIEW FROM THE TOP

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis and members of the Gaston County legislative delegation toured the Textile Technology Center last Monday with director John Anderson. It was a gold-plated event as far as impact is concerned. Speaker Tillis was impressed. Within … Continue reading

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