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Americans For Prosperity announces NC legislative agenda

One day after the state legislature returned, the conservative group Americans For Prosperity released its agenda for this year’s General Assembly.

AFP’s North Carolina leaders on Thursday released 11 bullet points outlining their priorities, most of which involve cutting taxes and reducing regulations on business.

“Our aggressive state and federal legislative agendas reflect our tireless commitment to standing up for the taxpayers, workers, parents and job creators against the special interests that want more of their money,” AFP state director Donald Bryson said in a news release. “There are dozens of opportunities for lawmakers to improve the lives of their constituents by getting government out of the way – our agenda is only a starting point.”

Here are a few highlights from the AFP priorities:

• Defeating any efforts to expand Medicaid in North Carolina (Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are

already on board


• Repealing or reforming the state’s capital gains tax while passing a “taxpayer bill of rights”

• Repealing the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards law, which requires all North Carolina utilities to use renewable energy sources for a set percentage of their sales

• Expanding private school vouchers and making it easier to start more charter schools

A look back at AFP’s agenda from last year shows a few victories: The group wanted to kill film production incentives and municipal privilege license taxes.