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Governor McCrory Pardons Man Who Served Nearly 25 Years In Prison PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:15
Governor Pat McCrory has pardoned Timothy Scott Bridges. The governor called Bridges the two men had a face-to-face meeting. 
 
On February 2, 1991, Bridges was convicted of first degree rape, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and breaking and entering in connection with the May 14, 1989 attack on 83-year-old Modine Wise in her home in Charlotte. Bridges was given ten years for the breaking and entering charge and a life sentence for the other charges.
 
The centerpiece of the state’s case against Bridges was microscopic hair analysis. At his original trial, an expert for the state testified that it was likely that two hairs found at the scene of the crime came from Bridges. In 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that hair analysis testimony presented by FBI-trained experts exceeded the limits of science and at times overstated the evidentiary value of hair analysis.
 
On October 1, 2015, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office announced that it would consent to a motion for appropriate relief filed by Bridges’ attorneys. Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell released him from prison the same day and ordered a new trial.
 
After his release, additional DNA tests were run on a men’s coat found on the bed at the crime scene, as well as a cigarette butt found in the coat’s pocket. None of the DNA matched Bridges. On February 16, 2016, the District Attorney’s Office voluntarily dismissed the remaining charges against Bridges.
 
Bridges served 24 years, 7 months in prison. Those receiving a pardon of innocence are eligible to receive $50,000 per year spent in prison, up to a maximum amount of $750,000.
 
State Revenues Nearly $200 Million Ahead Of Projections PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:13
Governor Pat McCrory says state revenue collections are $191 million ahead of projections through the first third of the fiscal year. The surplus is driven by more people working and earning more.
 
“At a time when neighboring states ended the fiscal year with steep revenue deficits, our continued economic growth, job creation and responsible financial management have helped North Carolina post another revenue surplus,” Governor McCrory said. “In an environment of historic tax cuts to the tune of $4.7 billion, revenues coming into the state continue to increase.”
 
According to the latest revenue figures, total General Fund revenues for October were $46.3 million or 2.6 percent above target.
 
The primary drivers of the upward revisions are higher than anticipated growth in personal income and franchise tax revenues due to higher than expected wage growth and business profits.
 
Since Governor McCrory entered office in January 2013, North Carolina’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the nation adding more than 300,000 net new jobs. The state’s unemployment rate during that time fell from 8.8 percent to 4.9 percent and has decreased in all 100 counties. The governor also signed historic, pro-growth tax reform saving families and businesses $4.7 billion and positioning North Carolina as the most improved business tax climate in the nation.
 
Legislators Say Taxes Will Be Tweaked, Not Reformed, During General Session PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:03
Legislative budget and tax writers tell Carolina Journal the N.C. General Assembly isn’t likely to tackle extensive tax reform next year.  Many lawmakers told the paper they wanted recent tax reforms to "settle".
 
The General Assembly passed major tax reform in 2013 that established flat personal income tax rates and lowered personal and corporate income taxes. The reform also expanded the income- and sales-tax base. Since then, lawmakers have focused much of their tax-writing efforts on tweaking that law.
 
Taxes that will be under legislative scruitny include the franchise tax, the mill machinery tax and “market-based sourcing,” which could benefit companies with headquarters and manufacturing plants in North Carolina.
 
The General Assembly’s 2017 long session is scheduled to begin Jan. 11, 2017, when newly elected lawmakers return to Raleigh for an organizational meeting to elect their top leaders.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:05
 
Speaker Moore Gets GOP Nod For Second Term PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 12:26
North Carolina House Republicans have selected Tim Moore of Cleveland County to serve another two years as Speaker of the House. 
 
The full House still has to the vote on Moore when it reconvenes in January but Moore's selection by the Republican majority assure his election to the House's top leadership position. 
 
Rep. Sarah Stevens, R-Surry, will serve as speaker pro tem succeeding Paul Stam of Wake County who retired from the legislature and did not seek re-election. 
 
Rep. John Bell of Wayne County will serve as majority leader. 
 
Other leadership posts filled by the Republicans are: 
Rep. Steven Ross of Alamance County, Deputy Majority Leader 
Rep. John Szoka of Cumberland County, Conference Chair 
Rep. Jon Hardister of Guilford County, Majority Whip 
 
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