(5.02.07) Harrington: State Transit System Broken
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s transportation system is broken, and the current crop of elected leaders is doing nothing to fix it, a former N.C. transportation secretary who helped create the Highway Trust Fund says.
(4.26.07) Judges Hear Incentives Arguments
RALEIGH — A three-judge panel peppered lawyers with questions Wednesday in a case that could determine the future of economic development tax incentives in North Carolina.
(4.12.07) Analyst Criticizes Al Gore
ASHEVILLE — There’s no scientific basis for the alarming message in Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth, and people should treat the film as a “lawyer’s brief” for one side of the global warming debate, Marlo Lewis, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told an Asheville crowd Wednesday.
(4.11.07) Property Bill Sponsors Optimistic
RALEIGH — Two primary sponsors of the legislation say they’re optimistic the N.C. House will vote this year on a proposed constitutional amendment protecting property rights. Eighty percent of the House’s members have signed on to the measure.
(4.10.07) Forces Battle Real Estate Transfer Tax
RALEIGH — As state lawmakers ponder tax changes this spring, only one proposal — a real estate transfer tax — has prompted opponents to create a Web site with the message: “It’s a bad idea.”
(3.07.07) House Approves Some Reforms
RALEIGH — The N.C. House adopted its first permanent rules in the post-Jim Black era Tuesday, but a vocal critic of the former speaker blasted House colleagues for “missing a major opportunity.”
(2.08.07) Legislature Faces Fiscal Reckoning
RALEIGH — Cash or credit? That’s one of the most important choices North Carolina lawmakers could make this year. It’s a choice that could affect future state budgets, the state’s credit rating, even the 2008 governor’s race.
(2.07.07) Legislators Face Decision on Prisons
RALEIGH — North Carolina could soon face another scramble for prison space if legislators fail to act on the problem this year, according to a recent budget briefing for the General Assembly.
(1.25.07) House Debates More Openness
RALEIGH — Before the N.C. House starts the heavy lifting of the 2007 legislative session, some lawmakers are pushing for a more open process of converting bills into laws. They shared their concerns Wednesday during the House’s vote on its first resolution of the year, H.R. 1.
(1.22.07) Taxman Seeking New Tools
RALEIGH — The state taxman is looking for three new tools to help him collect his bills, but N.C. legislators are offering him no more than lukewarm support.