by Dallas Woodhouse, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina has collected more than $6 billion in state taxes than was originally forecast in May 2020 by state economists. That’s the finding of a report presented to members of the Joint Full Chairs Appropriations Finance Committee by the nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division at the General Assembly…

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Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 218 on June 9, highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to offshore wind power as the state transitions to a clean energy economy. The Executive Order directs actions to help North Carolina secure the jobs and economic development expected from this industry’s estimated $140 billion investment over the next 15 years to develop…

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By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper issued his first executive order of the pandemic in March 2020, at the time implementing a interminable state of emergency, a move that’s typically reserved for hurricanes and other natural disasters. On Friday, June 11, Cooper issued yet another order in the long series.…

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by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate passed a Republican-led tax reform package Wednesday evening in a quick, 36-14 vote that drew eight Democrats to cross the aisle and vote in favor of the bill. House Bill 334 would raise the standard deduction from $21,500 to $25,500 for joint filers, which…

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by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes are making more first-round playoff tickets available, now that Gov. Roy Cooper has relaxed more of his COVID-19 restrictions throughout the state. The National Hockey League team opens its playoff run Monday night in Raleigh. As champion of the Central Division, Carolina will hold home-ice…

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Apple has selected North Carolina’s Research Triangle region as the location for its newest research and development campus and will create 3,000 jobs in Wake County, Governor Roy Cooper announced April 26. Apple plans to invest more than $1 billion in the state by 2032. Governor Cooper, Senator President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Senator Dan Blue, Speaker…

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by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s Department of Revenue did not do enough to get “Extra Credit” grants to low-income families eligible for them, a new audit finds. The General Assembly created the grant program in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, using federal dollars to give families $335 to…

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by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina’s governor would face a new 10-day limit on unchecked use of emergency powers, under a bill approved Tuesday on a party-line vote in the state Senate. Senate Bill 346 spells out that executive orders lasting longer than 10 days would require approval from the 10-member Council…

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Personal technology company will invest $1 billion in North Carolina Raleigh, N.C. – Apple has selected North Carolina’s Research Triangle region as the location for its newest research and development campus and will create 3,000 jobs in Wake County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Apple plans to invest more than $1 billion in the state by…

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by David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is leading a nationwide effort in cooperation with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to encourage business leaders to publicly oppose states that pass election-reform laws. “We are asking the business leaders in our states, and throughout the country, to add their voices to the growing chorus…

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