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Civitas Poll: Voters Want Tax Protection

Civitas Poll: Voters Want Tax Protection

A new Civitas Poll of registered, unaffiliated North Carolina voters shows that an overwhelming majority of them support an amendment to the state Constitution which would require a vote of two-thirds majority of both houses of the legislature to approve all income tax rate increases.

Did Tony Tata Use His Office to Explore Running for Congress?

Did Tony Tata Use His Office to Explore Running for Congress?

The recent abrupt departure of Tony Tata as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has left many in government and political circles in Raleigh and across the state talking. But this article is not about his departure; it is about his actions and intentions while superintendent of…

Bill Seeks to Rein In Educational Bureaucracy

Bill Seeks to Rein In Educational Bureaucracy

The NC Senate has before it a bill to rein in a program that would collect and store intimate data about children in public schools, all while requiring parents to waive their right to be involved in discussions about their child's health.

Renewable Mandates Causing NC Energy Rates to Rise Faster than Regional, National Averages

Renewable Mandates Causing NC Energy Rates to Rise Faster than Regional, National Averages

Passage of the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) in North Carolina in 2007 contributed to North Carolina’s electricity rates rising more than twice as rapidly as national and regional averages. An examination of the data shows that in the six years prior to 2007, North Carolina’s electricity rates rose far…

SPECIAL REPORT, PART II: Are Solar Lobbyists Trying to Hide Their Money Trail?

SPECIAL REPORT, PART II: Are Solar Lobbyists Trying to Hide Their Money Trail?

In part two of this article we look at how the organizations pushing this particular agenda in North Carolina, namely “Big Solar”, are using a Political Action Committee (PAC) to further its agenda. Our investigation suggests that solar lobbyists have been trying to conceal what was really going on.

RFRA’s Judicial History Leaves Questions Unanswered in NC

RFRA’s Judicial History Leaves Questions Unanswered in NC

RFRA, once an acronym spoken only in academic halls and legislative debates, has become a household subject across America. The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and its state counterparts have been demonized by some and glorified by others.

Why Business Incentives Won’t Help NC

Why Business Incentives Won’t Help NC

By Garland S. Tucker III and Francis X. De Luca: In previous years, Republicans rightly attacked then-Gov. Bev. Perdue’s use of economic incentives to promote growth in North Carolina. Since taking control of the state, however, they have regrettably changed their tune. Gov. Pat McCrory and then-Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker…

TOP 5 IN ‘15

TOP 5 IN ‘15

Policies the NC General Assembly should address this session Today marks the opening day for the 2015 “long session” for the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislators will confront many pressing issues, foremost among them will be crafting the FY 2015-17 biennial budget. Following is a list of priorities the Civitas…

Frankenstein Bill Rises from Grave, Revokes Boone Jurisdiction Rights, Ignites Controversy.

Frankenstein Bill Rises from Grave, Revokes Boone Jurisdiction Rights, Ignites Controversy.

According to a new bill passed into law on Wednesday, the western NC city of Boone will lose its rights of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), seriously limiting the power the city has on residents outside city limits. The bill in question (SB865) passed a House vote 65-47, and the Senate 35-14.…

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Moral Monday Price Tag Grows – Now at $10 Billion

Demands Would Increase Taxes by $4,000 Per Family of Four As more information becomes available about the demands of the “Moral Monday” protestors, and their leaders in the state chapter of the NAACP, the price tag for their wish list grows exponentially. Estimates now reach an eye-popping $10 billion to…

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