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Legislative Activity Archives

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    Apr
    30

    House Approves Amendment Striking a Blow Against Big Solar Cronies

    Posted in 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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    Apr
    27

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

    Posted in 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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    Apr
    13

    Mapping the Left Alert: More Soros Money Coming to NC?

    Posted in Legislative Activity, Politicians & Politicking By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    According to this Washington Post article, wealthy progressives are scheming to shovel still more millions of dollars to advance their liberty-crushing agenda; with a particular focus on the state level. A cadre of wealthy liberal donors aims to pour tens of millions of dollars into rebuilding the left’s political might in the states, racing to […]

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    Apr
    13

    Civitas Op-Ed in Burlington Times-News

    Posted in Legislative Activity, Miscellaneous By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , ,

    On Sunday, the Burlington-based Times-News ran my opinion piece in which I argue that North Carolina's public records laws suffer from several fundamental flaws. The piece begins by noting that NC's public records laws lack any real teeth when it comes to motivating state agencies to fulfill requests: …North Carolina’s public records laws have proven to be an impediment, […]

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    Mar
    17

    Another wrong step for NC public records

    Posted in Legislative Activity, Transportation & Infrastructure By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , ,

    Yesterday, representatives from the Civitas Institute joined the rest of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition in Durham for Sunshine Day, an annual event where leaders from various fields come together to discuss North Carolina's open records laws. How appropriate that this meeting of the minds took place less than two weeks after Senator Michael Lee introduced a bill to further […]

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