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  • Lawmakers debate response to local governments that ignore immigration rules

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 687: The final days of the 2016 legislative session featured debate about the state’s proper response to local governments that flout state immigration laws. Some lawmakers wanted to take state funding away from cities and counties that intentionally violate state immigration rules. You’ll…

  • Carve-out for single company ‘renews’ N.C. renewable energy debate

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 687: One of the last fights of this year’s legislative session involved a reignited debate over renewable energy tax credits. The annual state farm bill extended credits for three more years for a single company building a renewable energy facility in eastern North…

  • Major-party presidential candidates target N.C. for attention

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 687: The major presidential contenders thrust North Carolina back into the national spotlight earlier this month, when both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigned in the Tar Heel State on the same day. Clinton had some help from President Obama, who made the…

  • Natural gas beats solar, wind as low-cost energy source

    From Carolina Journal Program No. 686: Natural gas beats solar and wind as a low-cost energy source, with better environmental impacts, more efficiency, and better reliability. Those are key conclusions from the latest research report from Jon Sanders, JLF director of regulatory studies. Sanders explains why natural gas serves…

  • N.C. lawmakers debate vote to confirm support for Bill of Rights

    From Carolina Journal Program No. 686: Some N.C. lawmakers urged colleagues this year to reconfirm their support for the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution. The N.C. House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution praising the Bill of Rights, though some members used the vote as an…

  • N.C. lawmakers consider constitutional amendment on tax rate

    From Carolina Journal Program No. 686: One of the last items the General Assembly considered for its 2016 session was a proposal to set a new upper limit on the state’s income tax rate. A constitutional amendment would cap the tax rate at 5.5 percent, lower than the current…

  • Budget deal covers priorities while limiting spending growth

    From Carolina Journal Program No. 686: The General Assembly’s final deal on a $22.3 billion General Fund budget includes spending growth of 2.8 percent, teacher pay raises averaging 4.7 percent, state employee raises and bonuses, more than $400 million in additional savings for the state’s rainy-day fund, and more…