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Senate Democrats propose gas tax rebate for those with a driver’s license

North Carolina Senate Democrats have filed a bill for what they call a $200 gas tax rebate. Only people with a valid driver's license would get the rebate. Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, D-Wake, said they would not support permanently lowering income taxes for everyone. Instead, they call to use $1.3 billion or 20% out of the anticipated $4.2 billion of this year’s state surplus to pay for the rebates.

Theresa Opeka, Donna King
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Hines now focused on two front campaign

Bo Hines knows he has a different kind of campaign in front of him to win North Carolina’s most competitive congressional district. 3th District.  He tells CJ he plans on spending the summer winning over voters one at a time, including the more than 6 in 10 GOP voters that did not support him in the primary.

Dallas Woodhouse
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N.C. House bill aims at protecting consumers from being financially ruined by medical debt

A North Carolina House bill aimed at protecting consumers from being financially destroyed by medical debt was filed Tuesday, May 24. H.B. 1039, Medical Debt De-Weaponization Act would create a pro-family, anti-poverty consumer protection law geared toward setting transparent parameters around the provision of charity care, limiting the ability of large medical facilities to charge unreasonable interest rates and employ unfair tactics in debt collection.

Theresa Opeka

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N.C. General Assembly short session gets into full swing

The N.C. General Assembly convened the 2022 short session Wednesday, May 18, with fast-track plans to “pre-negotiate” the budget and be out by July 1. Still, important issues are on the to-do list, like health care access reports and parental involvement in education.

Theresa Opeka
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N.C. General Assembly opens short session with short to-do list

The North Carolina General Assembly convened the 2022 short session Wednesday, May 18 after the longest long session in state history concluded in March. Both the Senate and the House would like the short session to stay short, especially after the marathon timeframe of the long session and for those who will be campaigning for the General Election in November.

Theresa Opeka
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What is Internet stacking? How Musk’s Twitter buy impacts online speech

Elon Musk is expected to be named interim CEO after his deal to purchase the platform for $44 billion is finalized, CNBC is reporting. “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said earlier this week. “Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of...

Theresa Opeka
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Manning: Leandro case is about breakdown of classroom instruction

The former presiding jurist in the Leandro school funding case says the current struggles facing public schools in North Carolina are more about a breakdown in classroom instruction than a lack of funding. Former Superior Court Judge Howard Manning made the comments in an exclusive sit-down interview with Carolina Journal at his Raleigh home. “It’s...

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Most GOP voters oppose Medicaid expansion

A new statewide poll out Thursday shows that a majority of Republican primary voters oppose expanding North Carolina’s Medicaid entitlement program. Once the details of Medicaid expansion are offered to respondents their opposition climbs, pointing to a potential messaging hole for expansion opponents. North Carolina is one of 12 states nationwide that has not expanded...

Donna King