Archive: Carolina Cronyism

  • H.B. 500 left little but dregs for craft brewers

    Rep. Chuck McGrady, R, Henderson, tried hard to smile this week while presenting the plundered remnants of House Bill 500. The bill, which at first carried much hope and optimism for beer brewers, ended looking much like a Kmart toy aisle on the last day…

  • House passes modest changes in craft brewery rules

    The House voted 95-25 Wednesday night to loosen, very slightly, some of the state’s regulations governing craft breweries. House Bill 500, which now goes to the Senate, would place into law a number of provisions that previously had been allowed by rules crafted by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control…

  • Mass. entities claim solar power on N.C. grid will offset carbon use

    Three parties are claiming that energy from the 60 megawatt Summit Farms Solar project in Currituck County will offset a portion of their “carbon footprint”: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Boston Medical Center, and the Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation. MIT says the solar power purchased from the Currituck…

  • Stripped-down brewery bill moves closer to House vote

    An effort to raise the number of barrels North Carolina’s craft brewers can produce before they have to procure a distributor has failed. For now. Brewers are looking at their legal options and will likely file a lawsuit over House Bill, which sought to…

  • Currituck County fed up with solar

    Large solar projects haven’t been a good deal for Currituck County residents, says Bobby Hanig, the county commission’s chairman. The developers “have consistently tried to go back on what has been agreed upon in open meetings, and brought on extra work for county staff to ensure they are doing what…

  • Millis: Tax credits to renewable energy producers = $1.6 billion

    UPDATED April 21 to include source of information for total renewable tax credits. State Rep. Chris Millis says the renewable energy industry hoodwinked North Carolina about the costs of giving special deals to renewable producers, which exploded from an initial projection of less than $5 million to $1.6 billion in payouts through…

  • No vote (yet) on craft brewery bill

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was corrected after initial publication to clarify that the committee replaced the original House Bill 500 with a Proposed Committee Substitute before any debate began. We regret the error. The clock ran out before House members had a chance to decide whether to loosen some rules…

  • Lawsuit may be the next option for craft breweries

    It would be hard to find a more blatant example of cronyism than the North Carolina law forbidding brewers who produce more than 25,000 barrels per year from selling their products directly to retailers. The law serves no legitimate purpose and exists for two reasons only: to protect the national…

  • Craft brewers not giving up on expanding self-distribution

    North Carolina lawmakers late Tuesday night stripped from House Bill 500 a provision that would have lifted the proverbial cap on the state’s most successful brewers and effectively allows distributors to retain control of the retail market. Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson,…

  • Certificate of need may be on the chopping block, again

    Sen. Ralph Hise doesn’t take no for an answer. The Mitchell County Republican was close last year but unsuccessful pushing a bill to eliminate the state’s archaic certificate-of-need system, which limits competition in health care through tight restrictions. He vowed to take another…