A clause in the North Carolina constitution designed to ensure just and equitable taxation by local governments is being put to the test by companies the state has barred to do business.
The state Court of Appeals handed the town a victory Tuesday, upholding Chapel Hill’s ban on cellphone use while driving and its towing regulations.
A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that police may take DNA samples when booking those arrested for serious crimes, narrowly upholding a Maryland law and opening the door to more widespread collection of DNA by law enforcement.
A bill sponsored by two local Republican legislators to rewrite the state's film incentive package – in a manner critics contend could result in lost film deals – remains parked in a committee controlled by the House Republican leadership. This article quotes Jeanette Doran, NCICL Executive Director, and our recent white paper concerning film incentives.
NCICL Staff Attorney, Tyler Younts, wrote a letter to the editor concerning his recent white paper about nurse practitioners and the solution they offer to the growing healthcare problems.
During the past four years, as Democrats and Republicans battled over sales and income taxes, higher tuition at state universities and the loss of 4,350 teachers in public schools, a substantial amount of money slipped through the fingers of state leaders. It didn’t disappear in one big sweep. The money stayed out of the state treasury, with little debate or notice, through scores of breaks in the state’s tax code. Some of the cash vanished in a string of new breaks granted by legislators, while still more evaporated because of loopholes approved years ago that continued to grow.
Local media consumers may have picked up a bit of trivia lately: North Carolina's new governor isn't a Democrat. This break from The Way Things Are Done 'Round Here has led to the humor of news stories written with apparent surprise and upset that the Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is doing things differently from his Democratic predecessors. One area in which McCrory is not doing things differently, however, is in using economic incentives. Granted, his approach is different. McCrory has this idea of a public/private partnership, which amounts to admitting a few private-sector businessmen into the circle of All-Wise Economic Lever Pullers, which means that on top of the other concerns with state incentives programs he would add concerns over transparency. His belief in the power of incentives and their importance to growing the state's economy, however, is the same as the previous governor's. Witness the MetLife deal.
From Massachusetts to North Carolina, Michigan and Iowa, a similar picture is emerging: Film tax credits don't deliver to state economies what they cost to treasuries and taxpayers.
Jeanette Doran, NCICL Executive Director, wrote a point of view opinion on Governor McCrory's plan to privatize the economic development efforts of the state Department of Commerce.
Gov. Pat McCrory wants to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program by having managed care companies offer health care plans for poor, elderly and disabled people.