Meal plans and event tickets sold on North Carolina university campuses were formerly exempt from the state’s 6.75 percent sales tax, but the N.C. General Assembly repealed that exemption over the summer. The change takes effect Jan. 1.
“To give you an example with real numbers, (consider) the Value 14 — currently that plan is $1,725, so it’s going to go up to $1,854. It’s about a $129 increase,” said Mike Freeman, director of auxiliary services. “But it’s not money we get. It’s going straight to the Department of Revenue.”
And that money going straight to the Department of Revenue is coming (mostly) from North Carolina's shrinking middle-class, who Republicans have abandoned. Actually, they never cared for the middle-class in the first place, so "abandoned" may be an inappropriate term. "Screwed again" is much closer to the truth.
The law allows private waterworks to adjust rates several times a year through a streamlined review to pay for water and sewer upgrades. It governs all private water utilities in North Carolina, potentially affecting more than 170,000 customers statewide.
Aqua, which provides water and sewer service to more than 400 subdivisions in Wake County, already charges about twice as much as Raleigh, Durham, Cary and other municipal water agencies. The company is in the process of seeking a 19 percent rate hike, its third increase in North Carolina in the past five years.
Which should be used as a case study against the Republican "private sector more efficient than public sector" meme. It also demonstrates the GOP is not remotely interested in serving the public, and since they're riddled with conflicts of interest, we can't expect the NCUC to help:
A North Carolina Ku Klux Klan (KKK) group says that it made a mistake when it accidentally targeted a predominately black Florida neighborhood in an attempt to recruit more members.
“You say this was a recruiting effort; however, your group targeted a predominately black neighborhood,” WFTV’s Ryan Hughes told KKK leader Robert Jones in a telephone interview.
“Well, we don’t have no way of judging where we’re putting the fliers at,” Jones explained.
Normally I would accuse the speaker of using a double-negative in an attempt to conceal the fact that he does have a way of judging where they're putting the fliers (at), but this guy is plainly an idiot. Not only was his mama eating a steady diet of mercury-contaminated fish while she was carrying him, she was also biting the ends off thermometers and sucking the juicy mercury out to chase down the fish.
I want a C-suite executive, someone who knows how to manage an operation, particularly someone who has done a startup or turnaround. Because a startup is what it is. Secondly, someone who’s passionate about North Carolina.
I’ve looked at some candidates from outside of the state, but in this initial assignment, it needs to be someone who understands the culture and some of the change we’re going through. I also want someone who has not been engaged in the political process.
Bolding mine, but it may not be as bold a statement as it seems. Here's a question that should tickle your conspiracy theorist bone if you have one: if we're not allowed to know the identity of the donors to McCrory's Renew North Carolina Foundation shadow businessmen association, which has been running hundreds of thousands in television commercials supporting the Governor, how are we to know if Decker's eventual choice for CEO isn't one of these men? The answer: we won't. More promises:
But many of those who will attend bought a year-long membership in the foundation – at a cost between $25,000 and $50,000, depending on the level or perks offered. The nonprofit is not required to disclose its donors and has refused requests to do so. Organizers said “several dozen” people are expected to attend but would not provide additional details.
Among those expected to attend, according to organizers: State Budget Director Art Pope, economic adviser Tony Almeida, Department of Revenue Chief Operating Officer Jeff Epstein and Assistant Secretary of Employment Security Dale Folwell.
The fact that these donors get access while remaining anonymous is a blatant attempt to dodge North Carolina's lobbying laws, and should be investigated vigorously, and not just by media outlets. Either the Ethics Commission or the State Auditor, if not the Department of Justice itself. The longer this group operates in the shadows, the more our government is suborned in ways we cannot fathom.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr has reintroduced a bill that would end pensions for new federal employees. Burr had sponsored a similar bill in 2011 but it didn't very go far in the Democratic Senate.
So Burr and Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia have reintroduced the measure that would end pensions for new employees but would would allow federal employees to start Thrift Savings Plan, which is the equivalent to a 401 (k) plan paid for by the government and 3 percent employer match. Federal employees could keep their current pensions.
3 percent? Really? That's supposed to be "in line" with the private sector? The private sector in Somalia, maybe. Make no mistake, this isn't as much about attacking government as it is Burr trying to line the pockets of all his donors in the pension fund industry. I'm sure he's got a short list of those to put forward if this plan ever makes it out of the Senate.
The Democrat from Greensboro told reporters in a conference call Tuesday that she’s pushing to fix Obamacare problems that erupted last month.
They’re her problems, too. It’s not only that the website healthcare.gov has functioned so badly since it went online Oct. 1 that only an estimated 50,000 Americans have been able to use it to enroll in medical insurance plans. Worse for Hagan, she joined President Barack Obama in making a promise that turned out to be untrue.
Yes, it's a long way to next November, and it will seem even longer for Kay if she makes too many unwise steps between now and the election. But there are two realities that we can't afford to ignore: the rollout of the ACA has been dismal at best, and the money being set aside to unseat Hagan appears to be limitless. It's that second thing that caused me to make this comment:
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