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Taxed by the boss
David Cay Johnston
Apr 12th, 2012

Across the United States more than 2,700 companies are collecting state income taxes from hundreds of thousands of workers - and are keeping the money with the states' approval, says an eye-opening report published on Thursday.


N.C. Industrial Commission to review workers' comp policies
Mandy Locke & John Frank
Apr 3rd, 2012

The N.C. Industrial Commission said Monday it would launch a review of its policies and procedures to ensure workers who are injured on the job are protected from reckless employers. Acknowledging problems in the state’s workers’ compensation system, commission Chairwoman Pam Young said her agency would work with the state Attorney General’s office “to examine overall strategies and enforcement.”


On health-care hearing’s last day, court weighs severability, Medicaid expansion
N.C. Aizenman & Robert Barnes
Mar 28th, 2012

The Supreme Court will complete its review of President Obama’s health-care law Wednesday by considering whether all of the law must fall if part of it is found unconstitutional, and whether the law’s proposed Medicaid expansion violates the federal-state partnership.


Supreme Court’s health-care ruling could deal dramatic blow to Obama presidency
Amy Gardner
Mar 28th, 2012

CHICAGO — The Supreme Court’s skeptical consideration of President Obama’s landmark health-care legislation this week has forced his supporters to contemplate the unthinkable: that the justices could throw out the law and destroy the most far-reaching accomplishment of the Obama presidency.


Supreme Court considers main constitutional question in health-care law
N.C. Aizenman & Robert Barnes
Mar 27th, 2012

The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned to the main constitutional question in its review of the nation’s health-care overhaul: whether Congress has the power to require almost all Americans to secure health insurance or pay a penalty.


Supreme Court to hear arguments on timing of health-care ruling
Robert Barnes
Mar 25th, 2012

The Supreme Court begins its constitutional review of the health-care overhaul law Monday with a fundamental question: Is the court barred from making such a decision at this time? The justices will hear 90 minutes of argument about whether an obscure 19th-century law — the Anti-Injunction Act — means that the court cannot pass judgment on the law until its key provisions go into effect in 2014.


U.S. top court backs landowners, limits power of EPA
James Vicini
Mar 21st, 2012

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that landowners can sue to challenge a federal government compliance order under the clean water law, a decision that sides with corporate groups and puts new limits on a key Environmental Protection Agency power.


Wake commissioners endorse voter ID bill
Matt Garfield
Mar 20th, 2012

A divided Wake County board of commissioners plunged into the emotional debate over voting rights Monday, endorsing along party lines a state bill that would require photo identification at the polls. The 4-to-3 decision came after a series of heated exchanges pitting Democrats against board Chairman Paul Coble, a Republican locked in a competitive primary for the U.S. House.


NC GOP lawmakers perturbed by governor's actions
Associated Press
Mar 11th, 2012

North Carolina has seen its share of constitutional tugs-of-war between the legislative and executive branches over the governor's authority to manage state government and the requirement that the General Assembly's laws be carried out. Governor Perdue's executive order delaying the collection of the new ferry tolls is just the latest tug. "She is required to administer the budget ... if she doesn't like it, she just has to suck it up and do her job," Jeanette Doran, executive director of the conservative-leaning North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, said in an interview.


Modified incentives triple film investments in North Carolina
Chris Bagley
Mar 9th, 2012

Studios are filming more in North Carolina and spending tens of millions above what they did before an enhanced system of tax credits took effect in January 2011. Tax credits for film and other industries have stirred controversy. The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law has sued the state several times over various credits, arguing that they amount to unfair and uneven treatment of the varied industries and varied businesses. “They’re playing favorites,” Jeanette Doran, the group’s executive director and general counsel, says of the credits. “We have handouts to cherry-picked companies. We need a system where everybody benefits.”