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NC legislature wraps up mini-work session

Posted November 29, 2011

— The North Carolina General Assembly went home for the year Tuesday afternoon after less than three days of work.

During a midday floor session, the House voted for legislation that would impose a six-month cap on the state gasoline tax. Because the Senate adjourned shortly after midnight, the cap won't go into effect, and the gas tax will go up by 4 cents a gallon in January.

The Republican House majority also adopted a resolution over Democrats objections calling on the Democratic National Committee to give preference to North Carolina businesses when staging the 2012 presidential nominating convention in Charlotte.

Democrats argued that many contracts had already been signed for elements of the convention and that the GOP was grandstanding to make the Democrats look bad. Republicans maintained the move was strictly pushing for more jobs in North Carolina.

The brief legislative session was marked by the Senate agreeing Monday along party lines to essentially repeal a 2009 state law giving death-row prisoners a chance to challenge their sentence by using statistics to show evidence of racial discrimination.

The bill now heads to Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, who signed the Racial Justice Act into law and could veto its repeal.

Both chambers delayed action on gambling law changes needed to implement Perdue's new casino compact with the Cherokee Indians announced Monday.

House Minority Leader Joe Hackney said the session was a waste of time and money.

"Republicans returned to Raleigh again this week with no clear purpose and left with no real successes," Hackney, D-Orange, said in a statement. "They continue to waste the time and resources of this state on frivolous matters or those that are not ready to be considered by the full body. At the same time, they continue to ignore a court order to increase their inadequate funding of early childhood education and are driving up the unemployment rate with their short-sighted plans for North Carolina."

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  • luv2surffish2 Nov 29, 2011

    IF WE PAY THEM FOR THIS SESSION THEY OWE US REFUNDS... gas tax should go away... no taxes go to teachers.. general fund gets most of it.. that they dont steal from roads... disband the socalled toll road group whatever they are called... i wish i could take all of them and drop them in a hole somewhere and start over..both feds and state.... and if you want to hear a message from the president.. go into a bathroom and push button on the hand drier. hot air

  • boneymaroney13 Nov 29, 2011

    What does this have to do with teachers? All taxes don't go to "teachers"!!! I about as sick of hearing spin words "teachers" and "the children" as I am the word Bev!

  • disgusted2010 Nov 29, 2011

    Good, I can now let my dog outside.

  • bigal02282 Nov 29, 2011

    So, the Republicants allowed a tax increase to go through amazingly enough, they did a nanner-nanner-boo-boo to the Democratic National Convention, and of course had to toss in the "no good death penalty left behind" act. "golf claps all around for our Republicants". Let's see, after today, the Republicants have added what, -17,893 jobs to our economy thus far?

  • kathyjdavis Nov 29, 2011

    So how much did this cost US when we don't have money for teachers but we can pay for this 3 day session???

  • hp277 Nov 29, 2011

    "How can capping the gas tax mean job losses? Capping it would mean status quo right? Which mean projects already on the table should be fully funded. It may mean a couple of future projects may be delayed by say 6 months, but there is no way you can say it would lose jobs, unless the budget was passed with this increase in mind and they entire NC congress is dupping everyone. Sounds like kickbacks to me."

    babedan

    If NC doesn't spend the $95 million this 4 cents would bring in, that's 3,000 road construction jobs lost. The Republican budget was passed with this increase included.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 29, 2011

    The State already has less money coming in than they have to spend........how many more teachers should they fire and how many kids should they price out of college so you can save 4c on gas?
    haggis basher
    November 29, 2011 12:44 p.m.
    It don't matter, gas tax goes to road improvement, not education.....

  • haggis basher Nov 29, 2011

    The State already has less money coming in than they have to spend........how many more teachers should they fire and how many kids should they price out of college so you can save 4c on gas?

  • babedan Nov 29, 2011

    How can capping the gas tax mean job losses? Capping it would mean status quo right? Which mean projects already on the table should be fully funded. It may mean a couple of future projects may be delayed by say 6 months, but there is no way you can say it would lose jobs, unless the budget was passed with this increase in mind and they entire NC congress is dupping everyone. Sounds like kickbacks to me.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 29, 2011

    Don't like the two party in control of NC? Then don't vote for them, or at lease vote for who you think may do a good job. Vote independant and make a choice. Think they are over paid with too many perk? Start a petition to have their salary reduced. Start a petition to change the laws that they can only get perks or salary increase if the public approve the increase by public vote. The tax payers are their boss, shouldn't the voters be the ones to say if they get a raise of not? Shouldn't the voters be the one that determine the amount of hours they work? Shouldn't the voters control the pensions they get? It's time that NC take back their goverment. Register and vote independant. Stop letting some party power broker determine who you vote for. Stop the career polictican who are not for NC, but for power and greed for special interest groups and corp. welfare and not for the Average citizens of NC. Make your vote count and help save NC.

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