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Politics & Government
2:20 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

McCrory Signs Tax Reform Bill

Gov. McCrory signs tax reform into law.
Credit Dave DeWitt

It was all smiles inside the Governor’s mansion today. Flanked by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, and his own budget director Art Pope, the Governor praised his fellow Republicans for their leadership in passing wide-ranging tax reform.

He says it will help the state recruit new businesses.

"There are a lot of people unemployed right now," McCrory said. "There are a lot of people looking for work and there are a lot of companies looking at other states to go to create new jobs. And they’re beating out North Carolina."

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Politics & Government
4:52 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Budget Fuels Opposition In Legislature's Last Week

Reverend William Barber led another Moral Mondays protest.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Budget cuts fuel another passionate Moral Monday protest.

For many lawmakers and lobbyists, the culmination of five months of work during this biennial long session came when a final budget was released late Sunday night. More than 500 pages and $20.5 billion, the budget was finalized behind closed doors by two men, both Republicans – Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis.

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Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Budget Kicks Off Hectic Week In Legislature

Lawmakers hope to wrap up the current legislative session this week.
Credit Dave DeWitt

A busy week at the General Assembly starts today. Republican Leaders in the House and Senate hope to wrap up the session this week. But first they will have to approve a final budget.

That budget was posted online last night (pdf). It contains some provisions that are close to Senate President pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis, who have been meeting behind closed doors for several weeks to hammer it out.

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Politics & Government
7:18 am
Tue July 16, 2013

House Leaders Agree On Tax Plan

Governor McCrory, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, and Senate President Phil Berger unveil their tax proposal.
Credit Jessica Jones

Governor Pat McCrory and leaders of the state House and Senate have come to a long-awaited agreement on what they say is fiscally responsible tax reform.

The plan would replace the state’s tiered personal income tax rate with a flat 5.8 percent in 2014, and the corporate tax rate would fall as well. The sales tax would be broadened only slightly.

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Education
4:57 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Two Teacher Training Programs, One Spot In The Budget

Teaching Fellows from Henderson County, NC.
Credit Henderson County Schools

Back in the 1980s, North Carolina had a serious teacher problem. There were shortages in much of the state, but the bigger problem wasn’t how many teachers, but who they were.

“We had a real need to raise the scholastic profile of candidates for teaching and also to increase the numbers of males and minorities in teaching,” remembers Jo Ann Norris, President and Executive Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
5:36 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Lawmakers Outline Details Of Tax Reform Plan

Credit NC General Assembly

Lawmakers in the state Senate have unveiled more details of their proposal to overhaul the state's tax code, though they haven't filed a bill yet. They propose lowering income tax rates significantly over the next three years. They also seek to lower the combined local and state sales tax to 6.5 percent.

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Politics & Government
3:58 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

State Lawmakers Elect Leaders

State lawmakers convened in Raleigh today for the official first day of the 2013 legislative session. In the Senate, lawmakers re-elected Republican Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger for another two years. In the House, Speaker Thom Tillis- also a Republican- will also serve for two more years. He told lawmakers he's looking forward to this session.

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Legislature Begins 2011-2012 Session

It's going to be a difficult year. Lawmakers face a potential 3-point-7 billion dollar budget deficit. Jessica Jones reports they say they're ready to meet that challenge.

The North Carolina legislature has begun a new session at a historic time in its history. Republicans now hold a majority in both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in more than a century. But it's going to be a difficult year. Lawmakers face a potential 3-point-7 billion dollar budget deficit. Jessica Jones reports they say they're ready to meet that challenge.

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