Civitas Action Alerts

Civitas Action Urges Support for Convention of States Measure, Will Grade Votes


April 19, 2017

Civitas Action intends to grade any votes taken on House Joint Resolution 44, Application for a Convention of the States.

The resolution is currently in the House Judiciary Committee waiting to be heard. Civitas Action supports measures to restore balance between the power of the federal government and states' rights.

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Civitas Action to Grade Votes on Health Insurance Mandates


April 9, 2017

House Bill 206, NC Cancer Treatment Fairness, requires that all health insurance plans that provide coverage for “intravenously administered or injected anticancer drugs” must also provide equal coverage for orally-administered anticancer drugs.

In short, this is another government-mandated health insurance service coverage. North Carolina already imposes 57 such mandates on insurance plans sold in the state, ranking NC among the top 15 states in that category. Estimates show these mandatory coverages have caused insurance premiums to rise between 20 to 50 percent higher than they would be without the mandates.

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Civitas Action to Grade Votes on Bill to Amend Constitutional Income Tax Cap


March 9, 2017

Senate Bill 75, Constitutional Amendment – Max Income Tax Rate 5.5%, would place on the November, 2018 ballot a vote to change the state constitution’s current cap on the income tax rate of 10% down to 5.5%. The current flat personal income tax rate is 5.499% and the corporate income tax rate is 3%.

ivitas Action believes in strongly protecting North Carolina taxpayers against future legislatures’ desires to raise taxes to fuel their spending habits. Read more

Civitas Action to Grade Votes on Bill Strengthening the Rainy Day Fund


February 10, 2017

House Bill 7, LRC/Strengthen Savings Reserve, would require 15 percent of annual projected state revenue increases be set aside into the state’s Rainy Day Fund. This, along with other measures restricting the ease with which funds from the account can be appropriated, will better grow and preserve the savings reserved for difficult fiscal times.

Civitas Action supports financially prudent moves such as this that will prevent fiscal crises in the future, helping to avoid bad policies such as “temporary” tax hikes to cover revenue shortfalls. Read more

Civitas Action to Rank Legislators Again in 2017


February 6, 2017

Civitas Action will once again produce its annual Conservative Effectiveness Ranking of North Carolina state lawmakers in 2017.

A key feature, which we first used last year, will be tracking votes as they happen in order to produce a cumulative, up-to-date score voters and legislators can track throughout the session.

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Action Alert Senate Bill 770, North Carolina Farm Act of 2016 - Amendment 1


June 29, 2016

Civitas Action will grade the vote on Amendment 1 to SB 770, North Carolina Farm Act of 2016 - as the amendment represents a simple, clear-cut vote for or against extending the renewable tax credits.

Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 770 would delete a section included in the bill that would extend by two years the state tax credit for constructing renewable energy facilities. Under current law, the state tax credits are scheduled to expire for facilities placed into service on or after January 1, 2017.

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Action Alert House Bill 3, Omnibus Constitutional Amendments


June 27, 2016

The new committee substitute bill for House Bill 3 includes three constitutional amendments:

Civitas Action supports lower taxes, restraints against the government's ability to take privately-owned property, and the ability to engage in hunting and fishing.

Civitas Action fully intends to grade any votes taken on House Bill 3 in its 2016 Civitas Action Conservative Effectiveness Ranking, and the grades will be updated to the website within one or two business days following the vote.

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Action Alert House Bill 169, Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016


June 1, 2016

House Bill 169, Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016 would, among other things, make it more difficult for state agencies to adopt rules that impose significant financial costs on those affected. Civitas Action supports reigning in unnecessary and burdensome goverment regulations that restrict the harmless actions of businesses and citizens.

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Action Alert Senate Bill 818, Increase the Zero Action Tax Bracket


May 6, 2016

Senate Bill 818, Increase the Zero Tax Bracket, would increase the standard deduction in North Carolina’s state income tax code.

Civitas Action supports tax cuts that allow North Carolinians to keep more of their hard-earned dollars and enable greater job growth and economic prosperity.

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Civitas Action Unveils New Site for State Legislative Rankings


May 6, 2016

RALEIGH – Civitas Action has unveiled a new internet home for its annual Conservative Effectiveness Ranking of North Carolina state lawmakers.

“The new site is far more user-friendly, and for the first time, will track legislative votes in real time,” said Civitas Action President Francis DeLuca.

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