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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NC Remains a Top State for Jobs and Economy

Since fiscal conservatives took the legislative reins in Raleigh ten years ago, North Carolina has been no stranger to economic accolades. The Tar Heel State has consistently ranked towards the top of nearly every “best of” list over the last decade and, despite a global pandemic, economic upheaval, and a slew of other challenges, 2021 is no different. North Carolina

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House Passes Veto-Proof Budget

The House agreed on its version of this year’s state budget, passing it last week with a bipartisan, veto-proof majority of 72 to 41. Nine Democrats joined the Republican majority in supporting the bill. The two-year, 671 page, $25.7 billion proposal contains $2 billion in tax cuts, generous raises for teachers and other state employees, $1.68 billion for NCDOT operations

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Staying Current with NC’s Energy Future

With our diverse, “all-of-the-above” approach to energy development, North Carolina has enjoyed some of the lowest electricity prices in the nation for the last two decades. To maintain that advantage for our citizens and job providers, we need a forward-looking energy policy like the state House passed recently in House Bill 951. First some context: as of April 2021 (please

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Waste Not, Want Not

As visitors to a certain doughnut shop in Duck, North Carolina will tell you, everything is better with bacon — including their maple icing doughnut covered with chopped bacon and salted caramel drizzle. From barbecue and BLTs to the production of insulin and antibiotics, from the xenotransplantation of eyeballs and heart valves to rooting out truffles in the French countryside,

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