Archive: 2013 General Assembly

  • McCrory: Commerce Revamp Will Aid Business Recruitment

    RALEIGH — Administration officials hope the move would free up efforts to recruit businesses while providing rewards for the individuals who bring jobs to the state, not just tax breaks and cash incentives to the businesses themselves. Senate Bill 127, allowing the Department of Commerce to contract with a nonprofit…

  • Tax Reform Debate May Tie Up TABOR

    RALEIGH — House Bill 274, which would limit annual budget hikes through a formula set in the state Constitution, already passed the House Committee on Government, but has stalled as the House and Senate try to reconcile differing tax packages. If H.B. 274 passes both chambers with 60-percent majorities, voters…

  • One More Push for Redistricting In NCGA Session

    RALEIGH — The study, done by assistant professor Mark Nance of the School of International and Public Affairs at N.C. State University and Larry King, a retired N.C. State professor, looks at how Democrats benefited from gerrymandering when they were in power in the 1990s, and how Republicans are benefiting…

  • Senate Gives Tax Reform Initial Approval

    RALEIGH — House Bill 998 passed the Senate Thursday by a 30-17 vote, with two Republicans joining 15 Democrats in opposition. One of the opponents was Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, who sent a letter that morning to Senate leader Phil Berger resigning as co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Berger…

  • Senate Tax Reform Plan Passes Key Committee Hurdle

    RALEIGH — The measure was approved without the support of the author of another key tax reform proposal. Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, who co-chairs the Senate Finance Committee, told his colleagues that he would not vote for the Senate’s version of House Bill 998. In Rucho’s place, Senate President Pro Tem…

  • Senate Tax Compromise Cuts More Than Earlier Proposals

    RALEIGH — Senate leader Phil Berger unveiled the latest tax reform plan Tuesday. The plan would reduce the personal income tax, eventually eliminate the corporate income tax, and put a hold on efforts to broaden the sales tax. Berger noted that the bill would not impose sales taxes on services…

  • State House Passes First Major Tax Reform in Decades

    RALEIGH — The bill passed the House by a 72-32 vote, with one Democrat — Rep. William Brisson, D-Bladen — joining 71 Republicans in voting for the bill. Friday's vote signaled the initial approval of a measure that would fulfill a major campaign promise.

  • House Tax Package May Reach First Floor Vote Today

    RALEIGH – A tax reform package cleared a key committee Thursday and is headed for a House floor vote, possibly as early as today. The bill passed the House Appropriations Committee, the same committee that a day earlier failed to consider the proposal and put its fate in doubt.

  • House Reaches Compromise On Tax Reform Plan

    RALEIGH — GOP leaders had to regroup after the House Appropriations Committee failed Wednesday morning to approve a procedural vote that would have allowed the committee to proceed with the bill. Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie, sought to eliminate a cap of $25,000 for certain itemized deductions. That move would have…