Needed Relief for Small Business

This week, the North Carolina House of Representatives Finance committee recommended two COVID-19-related bills (H.B. 1034 and H.B. 1039) which focus on small-business loans. Other benefits of the bills include easing unemployment-claim requirements and waiving tax-filing deadlines.

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Strengthening Private Property Rights

A week and a half ago, an overwhelming majority of the House approved bipartisan legislation asking voters to strengthen North Carolina’s private property rights. House Bill 271 calls for a referendum to be placed on the 2022 general election ballot proposing a constitutional amendment which would add a new section to the state constitution’s “Declaration of Rights” clarifying and limiting

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Holding Governors Accountable

(Wednesday, March 31, 2021) After a contentious floor debate this afternoon, the House approved legislation clarifying the manner in which North Carolina’s governors may exercise certain authority granted them by the North Carolina Emergency Management Act. House Bill 264 passed 69 to 50, along party lines. The North Carolina Emergency Management Act, a law first passed in 1977, allows the

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Eleven Days in March

Earlier, we reported on the Senate’s failure — by one vote — to override Governor Cooper’s veto of bipartisan legislation (Senate Bill 37) which required that North Carolina’s school districts offer the option of in-person instruction to K-12 students for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Just one week later, very similar legislation was introduced in the Senate, and

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Playing Politics With Education

There was high drama in Raleigh last week as the Senate failed to override Governor Cooper’s veto of a bill requiring school districts to offer the option of in-person instruction to K-12 students for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The attempt failed by just one vote. The bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 37, had passed earlier in the Senate

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