New year brings changes to state laws

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Starting Jan. 1, the General Assembly will bring in changes to our state laws on everything from gas taxes to film incentives.

The motor fuel tax will raise one penny per gallon from 36.5 to 37.5 cents. According to the American Petroleum Institute the raise will make North Carolina's gas tax the highest in the south.

The General Assembly is also putting stricter provisions on our first responders with criminal background checks. Both EMS and Firefighters will have to pass the checks whether they are volunteer or paid employees.

Our state's film incentive program will also be cut worth $10 million dollars in grants.

The incentives bring in approximately $30 million dollars a year to the local economy in the Piedmont Triad.

Rebecca Clark with the Piedmont Triad Film Commission said she plans to market for national commercials and smaller productions while pleading to legislators about the economic importance of the film industry in our state.

See all the new laws: PDF

 

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