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  • Senate leader takes Charlotte mayor to task over police videos

    State Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, has released a letter submitted this morning to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts “urging her to heed calls from the public, the media and other elected officials to release all body camera and dash camera video related to the Keith Scott case.” Berger’s office notes…

  • HSA expansion may help stifle rising healthcare costs

    Expansion of health savings accounts may help American taxpayers better afford healthcare, according to a new research brief from the John Locke Foundation. Katherine Restrepo, director of healthcare policy at JLF, says that healthcare expenses are continuing to skyrocket, with out of pocket spending amounting to as much as $6,000…

  • Senate finance leader responds to new business tax climate ranking

    Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, a chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, offers the following reaction to news that North Carolina has climbed to No. 11 in the Tax Foundation’s annual ranking of state business tax climates: “This new ranking is just the latest proof that Gov. McCrory…

  • NC will likely crack top-10

    My colleagues have already noted that according to the Tax Foundation’s new Business Tax Climate study, North Carolina ranks 11th in the country. That’s a dramatic improvement from the 44th ranking our state received before the enactment of tax reform and reduction bills by the General Assembly and Gov.

  • We’re No. 11!

    The Tax Foundation released its 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index, and North Carolina once again is on the rise. The Tar Heel State ranks 11th nationally, up from 15th last year and 44th in 2014. North Carolina ranks 4th nationally in its corporate income tax rate…

  • In ad wars, Clinton 5, Trump 1

    WRAL News reports that, since June, the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton has run five ads in North Carolina for every one by Republican Donald Trump. The information, from Kantar Media, reveals the gap remains even if spending by outside groups supporting or opposing the candidates is included. Even…

  • Ban the Box?

    Corporations like Walmart, Target, and Koch Industries have stopped asking job applicants to check a box next to the question “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” These employers are changing the way they ask people about criminal records, giving potential employees the chance to fully explain their situations…

  • State Sen. Hartsell indicted by feds

    Correction: Hartsell is not seeking re-election, but he has not resigned from the Senate. Former Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on 14 counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering, based on alleged improper use of campaign funds for personal purposes. The…

  • Plenty of applicants to run Achievement School District

    More than 50 people have applied to become the first superintendent of North Carolina’s Achievement School District, WRAL News reports. A committee led by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will recommend the finalist to the State Board of Education (which will make the appointment) as early as next week. To…

  • NC crime trends released by FBI

    The FBI just put out its annual “Crime in the U.S.” report for 2015. I will talk about the political implications of the issue in tomorrow’s Daily Journal, but in the interim I can say that the trends offer North Carolinians both good news and bad news. First the…