North Carolina corporate tax changes that go into effect Jan. 1

This is good for NC but it would be better if SMALL BUSINESSES received a break!


Bill Nelson, a partner at Smith Anderson law firm in Raleigh, predicts a lower corporate tax rate will further incentive businesses looking to expand in North Carolina.“The 3 percent corporate rate will give North Carolina the lowest corporate rate of any state that levies a corporate income tax rate,” he says.

“It will make us much more competitive.”But this particular rate drop has limits, points out H. Lee Miller, a certified public accountant with a practice in Raleigh.“That’s only corporate income taxes, not for people who are still self-employed,” he says.While personal income tax will take a dip Jan. 1, dropping from 5.75 percent to just under 5.5 percent, “you’re still having the corporations paying a lower income tax rate than individuals, and on top of that, individuals have to pay sales tax as well,” Miller says. And that includes taxes on certain services, such as automotive repairs, enacted last March.

Source: North Carolina tax changes that go into effect Jan. 1, 2017 – Triangle Business Journal

Opioid Overdoses Plague North Carolina 

This past summer, Gov. Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 734, authorizing a statewide standing order for naloxone, meaning anyone in the state can purchase the drug without prescription. Naloxone, which is sold under the brand name Narcan, reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and works within minutes of injection. It is an opioid antagonist and does not hurt the body if a person has not overdosed.

“It’s not so much to the people being affected by the drug because you can imagine if they’ve overdosed, then they can’t save themselves,” said Williams. “It’s really for their loved ones and those around them, their friends, co-workers, family. We’ve heard, anecdotally, stories of 14-year-olds getting it so they can save their 18-year-old brother’s life if he overdoses while he’s at home.”The governor’s action follows a 2013 order that made naloxone available to law enforcement officers to carry. Just in late November, the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC), a statewide nonprofit dedicated to reducing drug overdose deaths, reported there have been more than 5,000 drug overdose reversals using naloxone.In addition, McCrory signed a 911 Good Samaritan law. This gives some immunity to individuals who call for help during an overdose situation. If police respond to a 911 emergency where there are small amounts of drugs or paraphernalia, the users in that house will not be charged with a crime. This has freed up users to call for help without fear of criminal prosecution.

Source: Opioid Overdoses Plague North Carolina | WUNC

Our Responsibility to Criticize Islam

A must read!
If you can’t criticize a belief system because it would hurt the feelings of people who subscribe to that system, then we were wrong to criticize Nazism, Communism, and Japanese imperialism. Ordinarily, we refrain from criticizing other religions. Such a live-and-let-live approach is generally sensible, but when the other religion takes the attitude that you must either convert, submit, or die, then live-and-let-live is no longer an option. That is the position that we are in with regard to Islam. And it is suicidal to pretend that things are otherwise.

John Kerry to Deliver Major Address on Israel on Wednesday

Waiting to hear now


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“Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes — President Barack Obama’s alter ego on controversial international issues, from Benghazi to the Iran deal to the Cuba “normalization” — told Israel’s Channel 2 (via CNN) that Kerry “will give a speech in which he lays out a comprehensive vision for how he sees the conflict being resolved.”

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January 15: 70 Nations Gather In Paris To Discuss Creation Of A Palestinian State

On January 15th, representatives from 70 different countries will gather in Paris, France for an unprecedented global conference.  The stated goal of this conference is to promote a “two-state solution” as the way that lasting peace will be brought to the Middle East.  In Israel, there is a tremendous amount of concern that whatever is agreed upon at this conference will immediately be used as the basis for a UN Security Council resolution that would permanently divide the land of Israel and create a Palestinian state.

But things would have to move very rapidly in order for that to happen, because Barack Obama’s time in the White House comes to an end on January 20th, and Donald Trump has already made it exceedingly clear that he would never support such a resolution.The UN Security Council resolution that was passed on Friday was one of the most significant events that we have witnessed in decades.  Resolution 2334 made all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem illegal, it set the 1967 ceasefire lines as the border between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and it granted every single inch of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians.  But it stopped short of giving official UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state, and that is why this conference on January 15th is so important.On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lay out a plan which many believe will serve as the blueprint for the upcoming conference in Paris.  This is something that I discussed yesterday.  Apparently Kerry has been working on this for quite some time, and according to the Times of Israel, Jewish officials are fearful that he may propose something drastic…

Source: Circle January 15th: 70 Nations Will Gather In Paris To Discuss The Creation Of A Palestinian State