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Everyone wants change in transportation system, but most don’t want to pay for it (The Washington Post)

With both Maryland and Virginia puzzling over how to come up with billions of dollars for transportation, local transportation planners have found little public support for an alternative to the gasoline tax that could raise a lot of money.

Although neither state nor federal gas taxes are bringing in enough money to pay to restore worn-out […]

2017-05-24T08:56:09+00:00February 5th, 2013|

Gas Tax Loses Favor as Governors Look for New Transportation Money (Stateline)

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appears at a gas station in May 2011. This year, the Republican governor wants to eliminate Virginia’s gasoline tax, while raising other taxes and fees to increase transportation spending. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)In the search for more transportation money, governors and state lawmakers are largely avoiding one of the most obvious and […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00February 4th, 2013|

Senate bill would tap N.C. Railroad for millions (The News and Observer)

RALEIGH — The state-owned N.C. Railroad would be required to sell off some real estate, pay millions of dollars in dividends to the state, and submit to more thorough state oversight under legislation filed Thursday in the General Assembly.

A legislative staff report last year concluded that the N.C. Railroad has benefited since the state […]

2013-02-04T11:31:32+00:00February 4th, 2013|

NC Republicans get big chance in 2013 legislature(News & Observer)

RALEIGH, N.C. By one measure, the to-do list for Republican legislative leaders this year at the General Assembly is very similar to what they wrote down in 2011, when they took new majorities in the House and Senate.

“We are focused on continuing a number of the things we initiated last time – making sure that […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00January 29th, 2013|

New pro-business tax study outlines four big proposals(News & Observer)

New pro-business tax study outlines four big proposals(News & Observer)

A pro-business group is releasing a study Monday that outlines four options for overhauling taxes in North Carolina — the latest proposal in the mix ahead of the legislative session.

The Tax Foundation study was commissioned by the Carolina Business Coalition — a limited government, low-taxation […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00January 29th, 2013|

Next North Carolina state budget will be tight, authors say (News & Observer)

It’s usually a slow, predictable walk from the beginning of the budget-writing season to the release of state budget proposals in late winter and early spring. But budget surprises got off to an early start this year with Gov. Pat McCrory picking Art Pope, former legislator, multimillionaire and conservative foundation financier to be his budget […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00January 29th, 2013|

Christensen: Tax overhaul could backfire on Republicans (News & Observer)

The Republican legislature’s “tax reform” plan represents a high-risk political strategy for the GOP.

In fact, Republican tax reform has the potential to do for the GOP what health care reform did for the Democrats – create tremendous political blowback.

Republican lawmakers are considering a nearly complete rewrite of the tax code, abolishing corporate and income taxes […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00January 29th, 2013|

Sharon Decker lays out priorities at Charlotte Chamber meeting(Charlotte Observer)

Newly sworn-in N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker returned to her Charlotte roots Monday, and said the state could take a cue from its largest city’s history of growth.

Speaking at the Charlotte Chamber’s quarterly advisory board meeting, Decker said Charlotte has “set the pace for this state for a long time.” She cited unpublished figures that […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00January 29th, 2013|

10 issues to watch during the new legislative session (StarNewsOnline)

Lawmakers will return to Raleigh Jan. 30 to begin to debate legislation during the 2013 long session, which is expected to last at least four months. The following are 10 issues to watch, from a Southeastern North Carolina perspective. Of course, there are others.

1. Tax reform
Much of the pre-session talk has been about Republicans’ intentions […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00January 14th, 2013|

City, county may pay SBI for quicker lab work (Herald Sun)

DURHAM —Rather than building their own crime lab, local officials increasingly see the solution to evidence-testing backlogs as paying the state each year to hire technicians to work only on Durham cases.

On Friday the Durham Crime Cabinet endorsed a proposal to channel $180,051 a year to the State Bureau of Investigation so the agency can […]

2013-01-14T15:36:21+00:00January 14th, 2013|