Civitas Review

Monthly Archives: April 2015

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    House Approves Amendment Striking a Blow Against Big Solar Cronies

    Posted in Civitas Review, Environment & Energy, Legislative Activity By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    Late last night the NC House approved an amendment to an otherwise little-discussed regulatory reform bill. The amendment would cap the state's renewable energy portfolio standard and eliminate the 80% property tax break received by solar farms and facilities. WRAL has a recap here. The 2007 Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, or REPS, law requires utilities […]

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    And then, there were four

    Posted in Civitas Review, Education By Bob Luebke | Tagged , , ,

    Last week Tennessee joined Florida, Mississippi and Arizona as states that have approved Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) ESAs ┬áput parents in control over their child's education by giving parents control over how money is spent on education needs. The Tennessee bill, signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, allows students to pursue alternative educational avenues […]

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    NC Commerce Bureaucrats Demand More Corporate Bribe Money

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    WRAL reports that NC Commerce (current and former) continue to wring their hands about the slow progress of extending and expanding the state's program to bribe companies to locate in NC. After last year's measure to extend it stalled, McCrory said in January that he wanted quick action from the legislature to restore the Job […]

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    Are Solar Lobbyists in NC Trying to Hide Their Money Trail?

    Posted in Civitas Review, Environment & Energy, Legislative Activity, Politicians & Politicking By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Last week, Civitas published Part I in a series of articles exposing the "Big Solar" power players in NC behind the push for crony policies favoring solar energy. Friday Civitas published Part II. This article examines the financial reports of a very active political action committee pushing for legislative favors for the solar industry, and […]

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    NC House Committee Votes for Higher Energy Bills, Continued Corporate Welfare

    Posted in Civitas Review, Economics, Environment & Energy By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    The well-financed special interest lobbyists of Big Solar won again today, at the expense of everybody else. House Bill 681, the NC Energy Ratepayers Protection Act, a bill that would have capped and sunset a state law forcing NC energy users to purchase more expensive and unreliable sources of "renewable" energy, was defeated in the […]

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