Nonprofit group hosts two-day event for legislators

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RALEIGH — A nonprofit group brought together state legislators and policy experts for a two-day policy symposium in downtown Raleigh on Jan. 26 and 27. 

Greater Carolina organized and hosted the event featuring discussions on the state budget process and issues confronting legislators in the 2023-24 session. The group says its mission is to “ensure North Carolina embraces the policies necessary to maintain and support our status as one of the best states in the nation for business and free enterprise.”  

A dozen panels in total featuring topics such as tax policy, the role of big tech, broadband expansion, education and energy were the highlights of the event. Legislators such as Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne), House Senior Appropriations Chair Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) and Sen. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir) spoke about the state budget and gave a timeline of when to expect movement in each chamber’s appropriations committees.  

Some panels featured policy experts and industry leaders such as Charlotte City Councilman Tariq Bokhari and Patrick Gleason from Americans for Tax Reform. 

Jim Blaine of The Differentiators also made a comprehensive polling presentation at the event. 

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