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  • 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…

  • Charlotte Committee To Consider ‘Exclusion Zones’

    CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte City Council’s Community Safety Committee on Wednesday will take up the idea of advancing “public safety zones” or exclusion zones in an effort to bring down criminal activity in high-crime neighborhoods, a proposal that has drawn criticism from the ACLU of North Carolina.

  • Unemployment Insurance Surplus = $560 Million Tax Cut

    RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday announced that the state’s unemployment reserve fund has ballooned to $1 billion, meaning that businesses across North Carolina will see the surcharges on their state unemployment taxes drop in January, resulting in more than a half-billion dollars in tax relief.

  • Tillis Talks Energy, Budget With Activists

    MOORESVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis talked Obamacare, energy policy, the federal budget, and the Export-Import Bank during a meeting with Americans for Prosperity activists during a luncheon Monday at the Langtree Plantation in Mooresville. He said that in some states, such as West Virginia, new emission standards from…

  • JLF Court Brief Backs Landowners In Map Act Case

    RALEIGH — The John Locke Foundation on Friday filed an amicus brief with the N.C. Supreme Court, urging the state justices to uphold an appeals court ruling in the Map Act case. Earlier this year, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the N.C. Department of Transportation’s use of the…

  • Economist: State Tax Collections Beating Forecasts

    DURHAM — The General Assembly’s top economist on Thursday said that, unlike last year, when state tax collections appeared to suggest a shortfall in General Fund revenues, state government is on track to meet its projections for the current budget year. Wages and salary collections are coming in higher than…

  • Expert: Salisbury’s Investment In 10 Gig Broadband ‘Silly’

    SALISBURY — The city of Salisbury’s website boasts that it is “America’s first 10 gig city,” noting that anyone who connects to the municipal Fibrant broadband network has access to Internet connection speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. But a technology analyst questions the wisdom of city leaders…

  • N.C. Reaches Top 10 in Two Chamber Rankings

    RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday credited reforms in North Carolina’s tax code and regulatory environment as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recognized the state for moving into the top 10 nationally in a Chamber ranking of high-tech performance and innovation and entrepreneurship. McCrory also credited his administration’s…

  • Experts: Give States More Immigration Authority

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The frustration with the failure of Congress to tackle immigration reform has prompted some observers to suggest that states look north for inspiration. At the recent annual meeting of the State Policy Network, experts from Americans for Tax Reform, the Reason Foundation, and the Niskanen Center…