Archive: 2013 General Assembly

  • State GOP Officials Mum About Joining Obamacare Lawsuits

    RALEIGH — One of the state’s largest business organizations is keeping a close eye on two federal lawsuits challenging the authority of the IRS to collect Obamacare taxes in states, including North Carolina, that did not set up state-run health insurance exchanges. Even so, GOP elected officials will not say…

  • Competing Tax Plans Bring Out Differences Among Republicans

    RALEIGH — All three proposals — by Senate Republicans, House Republicans, and a bipartisan group of senators — would eliminate the graduated income tax rate in favor of a flat income tax rate. Currently, the rate varies from 6 percent to 7.5 percent, depending on income. Gov. Pat McCrory, a…

  • House Would Replace Graduated Income Tax With Flat Tax

    RALEIGH — The House Republican tax modification plan would lower the sales tax rate slightly and broaden the sales tax to include repair, maintenance, cleaning, and installation services, and service contracts. Unlike a competing tax plan presented by Senate Republicans, it would not expand the sales tax base to cover…

  • House Passes Campaign Spending Measure Expanding Disclosure

    RALEIGH — A bill that supporters say would require more timely reporting by independent groups engaging in political campaigns in North Carolina passed the House by an overwhelming margin. The bill would require many electioneering expenditures by groups not affiliated with a candidate to report the spending, often within 48…

  • Senate Tax Plan Would Broaden Base, Cut Rates

    RALEIGH — Senate leaders used a Tuesday press conference to announce their long-awaited tax proposal, a proposal that would lower personal and corporate income tax rates, along with the sales tax rate. It also would expand the sales tax base to cover services not currently taxed in the state.

  • Bill Gutting Renewable Mandate Survives in Senate Committee

    RALEIGH — The Senate bill would cap state-mandated utility generation of renewable energy at 3 percent of total use, and eliminate the mandate and its subsidies after 2023. The House alternative would allow the mandate to rise to 12.5 percent and then end in 2021. The support of House Speaker…

  • Hager Vows Bill Capping Renewable Energy Mandate Remains Alive

    RALEIGH — A handful of House Republicans dealt a stunning blow to state Rep. Mike Hager’s bill to phase out slowly North Carolina’s subsidies, tax credits, and purchase mandates propping up renewable energy companies. Six Republicans voted against the Affordable and Reliable Energy Act in Hager’s committee Wednesday, helping to…

  • N.C. Medical Society Offers Medicaid Reforms

    RALEIGH — The society is lobbying the state to adopt a system under the supervision of Community Care of North Carolina that would allow physicians to keep the majority of money the state would save through health care delivery reforms, similar to the federally approved Medicare Shared Savings Program.

  • UPDATED: Bill Freezing Renewable Mandate Squeaks Through First Vote

    RALEIGH — After two hours of discussion and comment earlier this afternoon, House Bill 298, a measure freezing the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard, squeaked through a House Commerce subcommittee 11-10. Republicans Tom Murray of Wake County and Ruth Samuelson of Mecklenburg County joining eight Democrats opposing the bill.