State Politics

Tax credits loom large in NC budget debate

Tax breaks for businesses are proving hard to kill. Legislation that is now moving quickly in the General Assembly – and the budget proposed Thursday by Gov. Pat McCrory for the next fiscal year – includes at least seven special tax credit programs that are characterized as needed to preserve or generate jobs.


Martin’s plea

In another time, with another General Assembly, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin would have what’s known in his profession as an open and shut case. North Carolina’s courts are woefully underfunded and have been for a long time. In a rare address to the General Assembly this week, Martin pleaded for substantially more funding, not just on behalf of the court system’s infrastructure but for justice.

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