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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On the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 by John Trumbull “About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and

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NC: A Model of Tax Reform

You know you’re doing something right when Grover Norquist sings your praises. That’s just what happened a few weeks ago when the venerable tax reformer sent a letter to members of the North Carolina Senate, congratulating the General Assembly for its decade-long efforts to lower state income taxes and reform the state’s tax code. He went on to say that

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Why a Menthol Ban is Not Kool

Earlier this month, the Biden administration’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would outlaw menthol cigarettes and all flavored cigars. Banning these products “would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers quit,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra in a press release. He

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One Promise President Biden is Keeping

Last month, after Congress appropriated $440 million for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), the Biden administration proposed new rules that will have a chilling effect on a charter school’s ability to apply for grants — particularly for new schools that primarily serve minority and low-income children — and will force some existing charter schools to close. The funding level has

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