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7th District Rep. David Rouzer Introduces Welfare Reform Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 July 2015 05:05

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina Congressman David Rouzer has introduced the Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Act, which would require recipients to pass a drug test in order to be eligible for federal assistance.

The bill is H.R. 3047.

“Most employers in this country require workers to pass drug tests as a prerequisite for employment," said Rouzer in a statement. "The government should expect the same of people who receive food stamps and other federal benefits.  Additionally, taxpayers deserve to know that their money isn’t subsiding a drug addiction, which only leads to a tragic life of dependency."

Video of the congressman discussing his bill is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBXqSnvnNfg&feature=youtu.be

 
Readouts Of President Obama's Calls To World Leaders About Iranian Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:05

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following announcement of a deal with Iran over its nuclear facilities, the White House released readouts of President Obama's calls to world leaders.

Readouts are available at whitehouse.gov. Click on the Briefing Room for Statements and Readouts.

Calls include King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, and Prime Minister Benjamini Netanyahu of Israel.

 
League of Municipalities Urges Support Of Online Sales Tax Collection Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The association that lobbies for local governments is urging its members to advocate for federal legislation that would give states the power to collect sales taxes from entities that do business in the state but don't have a physical presence.

In an "Action Alert" published as part of its recent League Bulletin, the League of Municipalities writes in part:

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"U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina has joined Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to co-sponsor a bill to modernize our nation’s outdated sales tax collection process. The League of Municipalities has sent a letter to Representative Ellmers thanking her for her co-sponsorship of the bill. The League also has sent letters to the other members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation asking them to cosponsor this bill. We need you to do the same.

The Remote Transactions Parity Act (H.R. 2775) would close the online sales tax loophole and level the playing field for the businesses that help build your community, employ local residents and pay local property taxes. As many of you are aware, this federal legislation is not about a new tax or about damaging Internet sales. It is simply about creating a federal mechanism so that states can enforce existing law. This Act will provide local governments with the resources needed to invest in communities, build infrastructure, provide important services like emergency response, and to build on the services that enhance residents’ quality of life and help attract economic development.

Each year, more than $200 million in sales taxes from online purchases goes uncollected in North Carolina. For local governments in the state, the loss amounts to roughly $65 million. Congress can give state and local governments the power to require sellers who do not have a physical presence in their jurisdiction to charge and collect sales taxes."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 05:34
 
She's Gone: OPM Head Katherine Archuleta Resigns Following Massive Data Breach PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 July 2015 05:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Pressure from outraged lawmakers appears to have been too much for Office of Personnel Management Katherine Archuleta. After saying she would stay in her job following news of a massive data break for current and former federal workers, Archuleta turned in her resignation.

More than 20 million people are estimated to be affected by the cyber hack, which took sensitive personal data including Social Security numbers.

Deputy Director Beth Cobert will step in to lead the agency until a new director is appointed.

The latest breach comes on top of a first breach that impacted more than 4 million people.

 
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