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Businessman Challenges Senator Tillis In Republican Primary PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 May 2019 14:52
 Garland Tucker, a North Carolina businessman, author, and entrepreneur, today formally announced he is running for U.S. Senate against Thom Tillis.
 
Statement by Garland Tucker:
 
“This campaign will be a debate between Senator Tillis and me about issues and what is best for North Carolinians. The people of this state deserve a conservative who represents their views, not the elites in Washington.  
 
“They also deserve a Senator who stands with President Trump on issues like immigration, cutting spending, and foreign policy, and is not tied to the entrenched interests who benefit from the status quo.
 
“When President Trump proposed to cut foreign aid spending 30%, Senator Tillis said ‘no.’ I support spending cuts – and I wouldn’t have had to think twice about cutting foreign aid.
 
“When President Trump made his Emergency Declaration to build the Wall, I agreed. Thom Tillis not only disagreed, he published an op-ed in The Washington Post opposing the President. Then two weeks later, at the last minute, under pressure, Tillis flip-flopped. 
 
“Senator Tillis also sponsored legislation with liberal Senator Cory Booker to protect the Robert Mueller investigation against President Trump.
 
“In Washington politicians talk a lot about cutting spending – but then vote to spend more and more. That’s the way Washington politics works. But that has to stop. We need some real backbone in the Senate. It’s time to drain the swamp.”
 
Garland Tucker is a respected businessman. He grew up in a small town in eastern North Carolina. A conservative, he believes in less government, less spending, and a secure border. He is not a politician and has never run for office. 
 
Tucker has published two books, The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge and the 1924 Election and Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Changed America, from Jefferson to Reagan. He has served on the board of the conservative Civitas Institute, as a Senior Fellow at the conservative John Locke Foundation, and as Trustee of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. 
 
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2019 14:53
 
Nc Justice Center Opposes Health Care Fir Working Families Bill PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:42

With the NC Health Care for Working Families bill now introduced in the North Carolina House, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have finally and importantly recognized the urgent need to close the coverage gap for hundreds of thousands of uninsured North Carolinians. We are pleased to see our lawmakers recognize that far too many of their constituents cannot access treatment without fear of medical debt and even bankruptcy.

However, NC Health Care for Working Families would create financial and administrative obstacles for people who stand to gain coverage, blocking many North Carolinians from the health care they need. It would charge costly premiums to low-wage workers who are already living paycheck-to-paycheck and struggling to make ends meet. It would also take health care away from working families unless they report their work activities, despite the fact that only recently a federal judge ruled against similar requirements that left nearly 18,000 Arkansans uninsured.

We hope lawmakers continue to recognize the need to close the coverage gap, but that they do so without imposing barriers on enrollees that will limit the coverage gains, economic benefits, and fiscal savings to ensure the greatest benefit to everyone in our state.

 
NC Budget And Tax Center Favors Keeping Franchise Tax PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:40
The N.C. Senate has proposed reducing franchise taxes that are paid by businesses based on their net worth, resulting in an estimated $140 million annual revenue loss for North Carolina. A new report from the Budget & Tax Center  a project of the NC Justice Center, shows why it’s important that any effort to reduce or eliminate the franchise tax must recognize the tremendous cost to the state and seek to raise the necessary dollars from businesses, and not North Carolina’s working families. 
 
“Proposals to reduce the franchise tax must consider impact to state revenues at a time when needs across the state are going unmet, especially in in classrooms and local/small communities,” said Alexandra Sirota, Director of the Budget & Tax Center and author of the report. “Any further tax cuts for businesses should also take into account the total cuts to business contributions to our communities that have happened since 2013 and seek to identify ways to ensure our big businesses, in particular, contribute to thriving communities.” 
 
The franchise tax plays a vital role as an alternative minimum corporate tax. If a corporation manages to zero-out its corporate income tax liability because of tax breaks and loopholes, the franchise tax ensures that corporation will still pay a modest amount of tax to the state to support the state services and infrastructure from which they benefit – like the skilled workforce produced by state K-12 and higher education programs and the roads that enable corporations to get their products to customers. The average franchise tax liability is just $628 annually for S corporations and $8,400 for C corporations.  
 
Bill sponsors have stated that their intent is to pursue complete elimination of the franchise tax in future years. The outright elimination of the franchise tax would result in a loss of more than $670 million. 
 
Key findings from the report include:  
 
* Further cutting North Carolina business taxes won’t make the state’s tax structure more “competitive.” The corporate income tax rate has already been slashed from 6.9 percent to 2.5 percent between 2014 and 2019, and, as a result, by FY 2017, North Carolina was already tied with Indiana for having the second-lowest business tax levels of any state – 3.5 percent of gross state product. 
 
* Franchise tax can serve as a minimum tax for businesses: The franchise tax is paid by most businesses operating in North Carolina and can be thought of as an alternative minimum tax paid by businesses in light of cuts to the corporate income tax. The revenue collected supports priorities like educating each child and protecting the health and well-being of families. The annual collection from franchise tax was roughly $670 million, equivalent to more than what is needed to get North Carolina’s per pupil spending back to pre-Recession levels.  
 
* The franchise tax ensures that higher net worth businesses pay a higher share. The tax is applied to the companies’ net worth defined broadly as the total assets minus total liabilities. In tax year 2016, 75 percent of franchise tax collections came from businesses with net worth calculated at $20 million or more. 
 
“The franchise tax is based on net worth, so the greater contributions to the state through this tax are coming from higher net worth companies,” said Sirota. 
 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT Alexandra Forter Sirota, Budget & Tax Center Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 919-861-1468; or Mel Umbarger, BTC Senior Communications Specialist, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Former Rep. Rodney Moore And Campaign Treasurer Indicted In Campaign Finance Probe PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:12
A Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted former state Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte on nine felony charges in connection with the filing of false campaign finance disclosure reports from 2011 to 2015.
 
According to the indictments, Moore knowingly certified under oath that false campaign finance reports were true, a violation of N.C.G.S. § 163A-1449. Each count is a Class I felony.
The grand jury also indicted Moore’s treasurer, Tammy Neal, on one count of common law obstruction of justice, also a felony. According to the indictment, Neal, while serving as treasurer for the Committee to Elect Rodney W. Moore, willfully submitted fraudulent documents purporting to be bank records to the State Board of Elections.
 
“We are grateful to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office for its work on this case, as we are to all prosecutors who take election matters seriously,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board executive director. “Agency audits of campaign disclosures detect those who try to use their campaign accounts as personal piggy banks. We hope these prosecutions highlight the importance of accurate campaign finance disclosure. Voters have a right to know how candidates are raising and spending campaign cash.”
 
The State Board initiated an investigation in 2017 after an audit of Moore’s reports turned up irregularities in the campaign’s reporting of contributions and expenditures. The State Board subpoenaed the Moore committee’s bank records after repeated attempts to get them voluntarily from Moore were unsuccessful. 
 
In a meeting in October, the then-State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement voted unanimously, 9-0, to refer the Moore and Neal cases to the Mecklenburg County district attorney for further investigation and possible prosecution.
 
The State Board vote came after a presentation from Executive Director Strach, which detailed the findings of the State Board’s investigation into Moore’s campaign reporting. 
Among the significant findings:
 
•      The Moore committee did not disclose more than $141,000 in receipts and expenditures between 2010 and 2017.
•      The committee failed to disclose more than $25,000 in cash withdrawals and cash back from purchases.
•      The committee submitted altered bank records in response to questions from State Board auditors.
 
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