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Opinion Editorial

RALEIGH, N.C. – After one of the most efficient and productive legislative sessions in modern history, the North Carolina Senate adjourned early Saturday morning.

The Republican-led Senate passed hundreds of bills in 87 legislative days, including many long-overdue reforms that will put North Carolina on a new, more responsible path to better economic growth, prosperity and public education.

And it was the quickest adjournment in a long session since 1973.

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RALEIGH – In the waning days of the legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers may give a big tax break to large, multi-state corporations that do business in the state.

Not that legislators will say that's what they are doing. They'll talk about tax fairness or uniformity.

In fact, if the bill in question passes, legislators will be giving multi-state corporations a green light to engage in the kind of creative accounting that state tax officials have been fighting for a couple of decades.

The result will be a tax break. No one will ever really know its true value.

 

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Law enforcement experts from across North Carolina have contacted legislators to speak out against a proposal by the state Senate to move the State Bureau of Investigation out of the Department of Justice. The move would jeopardize the SBI’s independence and hamper its investigations, Attorney General Roy Cooper said.

“It’s vital that the SBI remain independent so that agents have the freedom to investigate crime and corruption in all branches of government without undue pressure or influence,” Cooper said.

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Democrat Beverly Perdue has become the first NC governor to veto a budget bill since the chief executive of our state was given that power in 1997.

Gov. Perdue said in her announcement Sunday that the Republican-led legislature’s $20 billion proposal would do “generational damage” to public education. She said the legislature has “turned its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investment in education and our future economic prospects.”

The budget cuts passed by the legislature dramatically impact the very programs that have moved North Carolina to the forefront of our nation’s educational efforts:

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