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This week in the General Assembly

May 17, 2011 – 7:07 am
This week in the General Assembly

Senate still focused on budget, while House tackles annexation and tort reform
By Sara Burrows | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — While the state Senate continues to pick apart the House version of the budget …

N.C. Bill Calls for Budget Balancing Constitutional Convention

May 13, 2011 – 12:06 pm
N.C. Bill Calls for Budget Balancing Constitutional Convention

By Andrew Henson | Civitas Institute
With the federal government’s arrival at its $14.3 trillion debt ceiling just around the corner, a recently filed N.C. Senate Bill serves as a timely petition and reproach to the …

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

May 13, 2011 – 11:35 am
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

By John Hood
RALEIGH – Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Not if you believe Gov. Beverly Perdue’s claim that the budget plan just passed by the North Carolina House would result in a mass …

Twin sisters die in N.C. storm after tree falls on home

May 12, 2011 – 8:54 am

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – Eighteen-year-old twin sisters were killed on Wednesday when a tree fell on their home during thunderstorms that swept through the town of Ellenboro, North Carolina, police said.
Captain …

House Budget, Tax Cut Plan Would Add 9,000 N.C. Jobs by 2013

May 10, 2011 – 8:36 am

New JLF report suggests GOP plan would produce more jobs than Perdue’s budget
By CJ Staff | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — Expiration of North Carolina’s temporary 1-cent sales tax, a cut in the corporate tax rate, …

North Carolina Federation of Republican Women Elects 2011-2013 Officers

May 9, 2011 – 2:51 pm

Hickory, NC -Republican women leaders from across the state selected their new slate of officers during the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women’s (NCFRW) Biennial Convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on …

The upcoming week in North Carolina’s General Assembly

May 9, 2011 – 7:39 am
The upcoming week in North Carolina’s General Assembly

By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — House lawmakers had their say on a spending plan for the new fiscal year. Now senators get a crack at it. On Tuesday, the Senate …

Civitas Analysis Highlights Growth in NCAE Executive Compensation

May 9, 2011 – 6:55 am
Civitas Analysis Highlights Growth in NCAE Executive Compensation

Sees Increases despite Troubled Economy

Raleigh, N.C. – While teachers and many citizens have had to cut back in a struggling economy, a new Civitas Institute analysis reveals overall salary and compensation for …

Fiscal Stalemate Continues As Budget Heads to Senate

May 8, 2011 – 7:53 am
Fiscal Stalemate Continues As Budget Heads to Senate

Broadband, annexation also addressed in busy week at NCGA
By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — A fiscal game of chicken between Republicans and Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue continued this week as the GOP-controlled …

Just Gimme Some Money

May 6, 2011 – 7:27 pm
Just Gimme Some Money

By John Hood
RALEIGH – As the North Carolina General Assembly pursues action on annexation, the state budget, charter schools, and other topics, it may look like lawmakers are all over the map.
In reality, these issues …

Hagan Remains Disturbed by Nearly 11% Unemployment Rate for Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

May 6, 2011 – 12:01 pm
Hagan Remains Disturbed by Nearly 11% Unemployment Rate for Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Less than a week after the successful mission by U.S. military and intelligence teams to bring down Osama bin Laden, U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) today expressed …

Blue Ridge Bookfest to be held on May 20-21

May 5, 2011 – 12:32 pm

STAFF REPORTS | LINCOLN TRIBUNE

FLAT ROCK – The third annual Blue Ridge Bookfest will be held May 20-21 at the Blue Ridge Community College, 180 W. Campus Drive, Flat Rock 28731 (south of …

Time for State Highway Fund to Hit Reverse

May 5, 2011 – 7:43 am
Time for State Highway Fund to Hit Reverse

By Taylor Holgate | Civitas Institute
State budget negotiations are heating up and the members of the General Assembly seem to be taking a serious look at reevaluating how the state spends Highway Fund money.  The …

A Mayor’s Perspective on Municipal Broadband

May 4, 2011 – 10:43 pm

By BJ Murphy, Mayor | City of Kinston, NC
Municipalities across our state continue to face tough budget decisions while feeling the effects of a nationwide recession.  As a mayor in eastern NC, we certainly face …

N.C. House Budget Tackles Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

May 4, 2011 – 8:58 am
N.C. House Budget Tackles Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Plan would abolish state abortion fund, revoke health coverage for abortions
By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — Publicly funded abortions would be a creature of the past in North Carolina if Republican …

Hagan Praises U.S. Special Forces for Killing Bin Laden

May 2, 2011 – 12:33 am

WASHINGTON, DC—United States Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats Subcommittee, tonight commented on the death of Osama bin Laden.

Sen. Hagan said:
“I join all Americans …

Clearly a Fiscal Step Forward

April 29, 2011 – 1:00 am
Clearly a Fiscal Step Forward

By JOHN HOOD
RALEIGH – As the Republicans’ state budget plan makes its way through the North Carolina House, some things about the plan are clear and some are unclear.
Let’s start with the latter. At this …

Budget Cuts: Priorities Must Come First

April 28, 2011 – 11:32 am
Budget Cuts: Priorities Must Come First

By Andrew Blackburn | Civitas Institute
The inevitable is looming closer and closer.  It is budget time and bills are being proposed in both the House and Senate with aims of reducing the impending deficit of …

Misleading Counting Method Inflates Rail Jobs

April 28, 2011 – 11:23 am

White House invented ‘job-years’ metric to help sell stimulus
By Don Carrington | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — Backers of a $545-million, federally funded high-speed rail project in North Carolina got a valuable public-relations assist …

Tax Credit Bill For Special-Needs Students Passes First Hurdle

April 28, 2011 – 11:19 am
Tax Credit Bill For Special-Needs Students Passes First Hurdle

Bill would give up to $6,000 in tax credits for eligible families
By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — Families with disabled children would be eligible for up to $6,000 in tax credits …

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