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Opinion Editorial

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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Pew Research Center released a survey last month which was encouragingly called “Beyond Red vs. Blue.” Encouraging, that is, for the growing number of Americans eager to find a way out of the partisanship which has come to dominate public policy making at nearly every level of government.

The study—a 150 page analysis—was quickly digested by reporters eager to get a leg up on the latest political trends just as the Republicans held their first televised Presidential debate in South Carolina which, notably, holds both an early primary and an open primary in which independents are allowed to vote.

“Voters More Complex than Red/Blue” wrote ABC political director Amy Walter. “The Misunderstood Independent,” echoed Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post.

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