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Gov. Pat McCrory signs tax bill into law

Gov. Pat McCrory signed a major tax cut bill into law Tuesday, saying it will help ease the state's economic pain.

The measure cuts personal and corporate income taxes to the lowest levels of neighboring states and limits future states spending. McCrory and Republican leaders say it will give a break to every taxpayer but legislative analysis suggest some families, retirees and small business owners may see a tax hike.

The governor focused his remarks on job recruitment, saying the lower tax rates will help spur job creation in a state with the fifth highest unemployment in the nation, even as he cautioned it won't cure the entire problem. "We've moved toward action people are hurting," McCrory said.

By signing the bill, McCrory and GOP leaders met a campaign promise to lower taxes but McCrory broke a pledge to keep the bill revenue neutral. The measure will cut $2.4 billion in state tax revenue over five years from the annual $20 billion budget.

The governor signed the bill with 12 pens, flanked by lawmakers at the executive mansion.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.


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Where is Phil Berger?

Anyone notice that Berger is missing in the photo op? The NC Senate has always claimed to be the real power in NC politics, but McCrory has sided more with the House. Is he spoiling for fight or just doesn't know what he's doing? Maybe Art Pope, a former House member is driving this.

Perhaps Pope should leave it alone, he already controls the Governor, he can't control the Senate at the same time.

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