One of most commonly repeated claims by Republican legislative leaders before, during and after this General Assembly session was that taxes on businesses were too high and regulations were too onerous and the combination was costing the state jobs and making it hard for North Carolina to compete with other states in economic development battles.
That scenario was used as justification by legislative leaders for a wide range of legislation including changes to the civil justice system making it harder for consumers and medical patients to recover damages when they are injured, modifications to the state worker's compensation system, and the rollback of environmental regulations.
It was all because our taxes and regulations were stifling job growth. That was the reason given for the dismantling of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through downsizing and the transfer of important oversight functions to the Department of Agriculture.
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