2023 State of North Carolina Legislative Agenda | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Jordan Roberts.

    North Carolina is attracting new citizens from all over the country due to its pro-freedom and fiscally responsible policies.

    To continue making the Tar Heel State one of the top relocation destinations in the nation, the General Assembly must promote legislation that keeps the state attractive to businesses and families.

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