09/28/05
New York Times
SUPREME COURT TO DETERMINE FATE OF BUSINESS TAX CREDITS
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether a popular tax credit, which most states use to encourage businesses to make capital investments, violates the Constitution.

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AUGUST
08/22/05
The Daily Record
A NEW ERA OF CORPORATE WELFARE IN N.C.?
Don’t get me wrong. I like Dell. I use its computers at home and at my office. It makes good-quality products at affordable prices.

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08/07/05
The News & Observer
DEALS TO BRING IN JOBS CAN MAKE CONSULTANTS RICH
Two years ago, North Carolina offered R.H. Donnelley Corp. $4.3 million to move its headquarters to Cary. But the telephone book publisher didn't hold onto all of that money…

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08/07/05
Missippi Sun Herald
ECONOMIC INCENTIVES: ADDICTIVE, EXPENSIVE, DANGEROUS
Call it, if you will, the crack cocaine of state and local governments' economic development practices - their endless flow of tax breaks and outright gifts to private corporations…

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08/14/05
The Winston-Salem Journal
THE GAME: IT'S 'MADNESS' BUT NECESSARY, SENATOR SAYS
As co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, state Sen. David Hoyle has helped push incentive deals through the General Assembly…

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JUNE
06/21/05
The Record
N.J. MUST FEND OF RESEARCH RIVALS
Merck and New Jersey. For years they've been perfect together.

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MAY
05/15/05
San Antonio Express-News
BRAVE REPUBLICAN IS TAKING ON GIVEAWAYS OF PUBLIC RESOURCES
Robert Orr spent the last 10 of his 18 years in North Carolina's judiciary in the Supreme Court before leaving to form the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, which will target an issue that reaches far beyond his state's borders.

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05/05/05
Associated Press
LIKE LOTTERY, N.C. INCENTIVES ABOUT COMPETING WITH OTHER STATES
Legislators who talk about taxpayer-funded corporate incentives sound a lot like lottery proponents who've been grabbing headlines lately.

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APRIL
04/23/05
North Carolina Daily
RECRUITERS, INCENTIVES GO HAND IN HAND
The announcement could come any day now.
A major company will move to Edgecombe County. The governor will speak, with flags waving in the background. He will declare the greatness of the moment and reaffirm the importance of the administration's job-creating policies…

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MARCH
03/09/05
Winston-Salem Journal
FORMER N.C. JUSTICE CHALLENGES DELL INCENTIVES
A former N.C. Supreme Court justice says that local incentives for Dell Inc. to come to Winston-Salem could cost more than the $37.2 million previously advertised…

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3/05
Business North Carolina
EX-JUDGE WANTS STATE TO BREAK WITH INCENTIVES
Bob Orr laughed recently when he found a cat collar with a bell in his office. It was a gag gift from a group he had addressed. In his speech, he recited the fable about a colony of mice that cheered…

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FEBRUARY
02/06/05
The Charlotte Observer
PONDERING A PUBLIC PURPOSE
Bob Orr is a former Supreme Court justice with incentives to sue
In 1996, then-Associate Justice Robert Orr wrote a pointed dissent in a landmark N.C. Supreme Court decision upholding taxpayer incentives

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02/02/05
The Sanford Herald
N.C. POLITICS SURE ISN'T DULL
It might not go down as a year of monumental public policy change or landmark political events,…

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JANUARY
01/31/05
Atlantic Journal - Constitution
OUR OPINION:
UNFAIR COMPETITION
State tax incentives that aid business at the expense of taxpayers justifiably challenged
In 2002, Georgia dangled $320 million in incentives before DaimlerChrysler and spent $60 million to prepare a site near Savannah before the automaker scratched plans…

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2004
SEPTEMBER
09/19/04
The Wilmington Star News
BUSINESS INCENTIVE FACE NEW CHALLENGE
Nearly 10 years ago, North Carolina’s machinery for enticing businesses to relocate or expand here came to a dead stop.

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09/09/04
NC Spin
OUR CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS
Anyone who knows Robert Orr knows he is a man of strong convictions.

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AUGUST
08/22/04
The Winston Salem Journal
FORMER JUSTICE TAKES ON NEW CHALLENGE
Bob Orr tells the story of a meeting he attended in Asheville where a legislator said, "We pass what we want and worry about (constitutionality) later."

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08/22/04
The Asheville Citizen Times
ORR'S NEW ROLE IS ADVOCACY OF STATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr retired his robe for good last month to run a nonprofit

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08/17/04
Carolina Journal
JUSTICE ORR DESCRIBES INSTITUTE'S ROLE
New organization might pursue litigation on business subsidies,
other issues
Hoping to restore the luster of the trampled North Carolina Constitution…

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MARCH
03/29/04
Philanthropy Journal
NONPROFIT LITIGATOR
New institute, to be run by retiring Supreme Court justice, will focus on state constitutional law.
While it initially may focus on the constitutionality of state incentives to spur new industry, the new North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law…

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03/05/04
The Winston-Salem Journal
JUSTICE ORR TO LEAVE SUPREME COURT BENCH THIS SUMMER
Justice Robert Orr, a veteran of 81/2 years on the N.C. Supreme Court, stunned legal and political circles yesterday by announcing that he will resign…

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03/01/04
The News & Observer
NEW RIGHTS WATCHDOG
A new nonprofit organization led by Bill Graham, former Superior Court judge and state commissioner of banks, will serve as an advisory group…

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FEBRUARY
02/29/04
The Kinston Free Press
STATE RESIDENTS CAN GET HELP IN COURT
Even for folks like me who worry about America becoming too litigious a society, it is certainly comforting to know

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02/27/04
NC Spin
NEW ORGANIZATION TO FIGHT FOR CONSTITUTION
A new nonprofit organization, the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, was formally announced yesterday.

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02/26/04
The Winston-Salem Journal
GROUP TO SUE STATE OVER INCENTIVES
Institute will challenge policies on tax issues, business recruitment
A new legal-research group in Raleigh will wage lawsuits over constitutional issues involving the use of tax dollars for business incentives…

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2003
DECEMBER
12/16/03
The News & Observer
GROUP SERIOUS OVER SUIT
Art Pope wasn't kidding about suing Gov. Mike Easley and state government over last week's economic incentives package for Merck…

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