Archive: 2015 General Assembly

  • Lawmakers Not Concerned About ‘Green’ Energy Claims

    RALEIGH — Two leading legislative critics of tax incentives to the renewable energy industry have not taken issue with an unusual new program used by Duke Energy allowing high-consumption electricity customers using traditional energy to claim their plants are powered by renewable sources.

  • Lawmakers Notified Of Renewable Tax Credit Cost

    RALEIGH — State officials, lawmakers, and renewable energy consultants attempted Tuesday to downplay the $937.8 million cost of tax credits sought under the state’s new Safe Harbor Act — a total more than five times higher than initial projections. Some worried the program will be a drain on state finances…

  • Google Partner: Solar Power Dependability Zero

    RALEIGH — Google announced in late November 2015 that it would participate in a new Duke Energy program allowing the Internet giant to buy power from a Rutherford County solar facility to run its new data center building located 50 miles away near Lenoir. Google did not mention in its press…

  • Renewable Projects to Cost Taxpayers Nearly $1 Billion

    RALEIGH — The final batch of solar and other renewable energy projects requested under the “safe harbor” law enacted in April by the General Assembly could cost North Carolina taxpayers as much as $937,804,785 in credits, according to aggregated figures released Wednesday by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

  • State Urged To Drop ‘Tier’ System For Development Grants

    RALEIGH — Saying the current plan is antiquated, a legislative agency on Monday recommended that the state scrap its three-tiered system for awarding economic development grants. “The economic development tier system, which was designed to award tax incentives, has outlived its purpose,” said Sara Nienow, senior program evaluator at the…

  • Rucho: Lawmakers Not Done With Tax Reform

    RALEIGH — North Carolina residents could receive a larger personal income tax exemption if the General Assembly’s 2016 short session follows the lead of state Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, who has led the Senate’s tax reform efforts since 2011, when Republicans took control of that body.

  • Reforms Are Producing Results

    A new report from the Tax Foundation shows how lower, simpler taxes have improved North Carolina's standing among other states and helped families and business owners in the state.

  • Lawmakers Grill Officials About Prison Contract

    RALEIGH — Lawmakers spent two hours Wednesday grilling the state budget director and the public safety secretary over the extension of a prison maintenance contract by a contractor who kept mentioning that, as a campaign contributor, he thought he should get something from the state in return.

  • McCrory: Transportation Projects Moving Faster

    RALEIGH — Crediting budget reforms made by the recent session of the General Assembly, Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Thursday the acceleration of four major transportation projects, including the final leg of the eastern section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, the Asheville Connector, The I-485 and Weddington Road interchange, and…

  • Redistricting Reform Unlikely in Short Session

    RALEIGH — Two House bills intended to reduce partisan manipulation of legislative redistricting could be acted on in the short session starting in April, though retiring Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, predicted the Senate would not approve either. House members backing reform say they may…