The Date is Set, the Ballroom is Filled at The Wedding Affair

30 vendors are set to welcome Triangle brides for a local wedding show

North Hills, joined with Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, is set to host The Wedding Affair at North Hills. This 5th annual wedding showcase will be in the Ballroom and Pre-Function space of the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel on Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm.

The Wedding Affair is an intimate, boutique wedding showcase that serves as a valuable resource for couples planning the wedding of their dreams. Attendees will receive a swag bag, ticket for door prizes, and are invited to enjoy mimosas, hors d’oeuvres, music, and meet 30 of the Triangle’s finest wedding vendors, to include:
• A Southern Soiree
• Alpha World Travel
• Complete Weddings & Events
• Creative Touch Events
• Eclectic Sage
• Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Café
• F8 Photo Studios
• Francine Zoppi Fine Art
• Fitness Connection
• HYATT house hotel
• If It’s Paper
• Kings North Hills
• Natural Body Spa & Shop
• Neil Body Photography
• Premiere Party Planners
• Pure Barre
• Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
• Salon Blu
• Save the Date Music
• ShutterBooth
• Skin Raleigh
• Southern Bride & Groom Magazine
• Sur La Table
• Sweet Water Ices
• The English Garden
• Tradtions by Anna Bridal Boutique
• Vineyard Vines
• VIP Formal Wear
• Von Kekel Aveda Salon & Spa
• Weddings Magazine
Tickets are available for purchase aRet NorthHillsWedding.com.

ABOUT NORTH HILLS
Live, work, shop, dine, and play at North Hills. This innovative, multi-faceted district offers many options to live and stay a while— with four-star hotel rooms, Park and Market Apartments, Midtown Green Apartments, and The Alexan. Parks and many gathering spaces offer plenty of fresh air, while conveniences such as dry cleaning, banks, and a pharmacy are just a leisurely stroll away. Quality-of-life amenities are also at your fingertips, such as renewing spas, salons, and a state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot gym. Entertainment venues, such as a 14-screen cinema, Kings Bowl, World of Beer and the new Midtown Park, are right next door. Premier dining establishments, high-end boutiques, department stores, and cafés are all a few steps in any direction. For more information, please visit VisitNorthHills.com.

ABOUT KANE REALTY CORPORATION
Kane Realty Corporation (KRC) is a full service real estate development and management company focused on office, retail, multi-family and mixed-use properties of the highest quality. Based in Raleigh, NC since 1978, KRC is dedicated to the goal of creating irresistible places where people will naturally want to gather. Through meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the property from design and construction management to leasing and property management, Kane’s mission is to build places that improve the quality of life of their businesses, their employees, residents and visitors. For more information, please visit KaneRealtyCorp.com.

NC in Review and how it affects you

Legislative Update

NC Legislature

The 2015 General Assembly Wrap Up

The General Assembly has concluded its 2015 legislative session, after being in Raleigh for more than eight months. The majority of the session was consumed with putting together a state budget to fund government over the next two years. The state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is 21.7 billion dollars, which is an increase of 3% from FY 2015 appropriations. FY 2016 is similar to the pre-recession appropriation of 21.4 billion dollars in FY 2009. The three largest categories of the General Fund spending are education 57%, (which includes K-12, Community Colleges, and the UNC system), Medicaid 17%, and public safety 11% (which includes, corrections, juvenile justice, and the Highway Patrol).

NC Spending
After making significant changes to the tax code over the last two years, the General Assembly continued the trend in 2015 by rewriting tax laws this year as well. The finance provisions of the budget expands the sales tax base to include some services. It applies the sales tax to repair, maintenance and installation services on motor vehicles and tangible personal property. This expansion is effective 3-1-16.

Below is a synopsis of the tax package:
Tax Package
• Cuts Personal Income Tax Rate by 0.26% to 5.499%
• Increases Standard Deduction in 2016 from $15,000 to $15,500, non-taxable;
• Unlimited deduction for both Medical and Charitable;
• Maintains Corporate Income Tax rate reduction trigger (Current forecast has us hitting the trigger in 2016 dropping rate to 3%);
• Phases in Single Sales Factor over 3 years starting next year (study market-based sourcing);
• No extension of the Solar Tax Credit or R&D Tax Credit.

The General Assembly took a number of actions to increase transportation funding this session including ending the transfer of over 200 million dollars from the Highway Trust fund to the General Fund. They changed the motor fuel tax rate to produce a more stable source of revenue, an increased DMV fees.

Below is a synopsis of the transportation areas of the budget:
Transportation Highlights
NC Transportation

The 2015 General Assembly Wrap Up

The General Assembly has concluded its 2015 legislative session, after being in Raleigh for more than eight months. The majority of the session was consumed with putting together a state budget to fund government over the next two years. The state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is 21.7 billion dollars, which is an increase of 3% from FY 2015 appropriations. FY 2016 is similar to the pre-recession appropriation of 21.4 billion dollars in FY 2009. The three largest categories of the General Fund spending are education 57%, (which includes K-12, Community Colleges, and the UNC system), Medicaid 17%, and public safety 11% (which includes, corrections, juvenile justice, and the Highway Patrol).

After making significant changes to the tax code over the last two years, the General Assembly continued the trend in 2015 by rewriting tax laws this year as well. The finance provisions of the budget expands the sales tax base to include some services. It applies the sales tax to repair, maintenance and installation services on motor vehicles and tangible personal property. This expansion is effective 3-1-16.

Below is a synopsis of the tax package:
Tax Package
• Cuts Personal Income Tax Rate by 0.26% to 5.499%
• Increases Standard Deduction in 2016 from $15,000 to $15,500, non-taxable;
• Unlimited deduction for both Medical and Charitable;
• Maintains Corporate Income Tax rate reduction trigger (Current forecast has us hitting the trigger in 2016 dropping rate to 3%);
• Phases in Single Sales Factor over 3 years starting next year (study market-based sourcing);
• No extension of the Solar Tax Credit or R&D Tax Credit.

The General Assembly took a number of actions to increase transportation funding this session including ending the transfer of over 200 million dollars from the Highway Trust fund to the General Fund. They changed the motor fuel tax rate to produce a more stable source of revenue, an increased DMV fees.

Below is a synopsis of the transportation areas of the budget:
Transportation Highlights

• Eliminates the transfer from the Highway Fund to the General Fund;
• $440 million in additional road funding;
• $70 million in for port modernization;
• Increased funding for contract resurfacing and the bridge program, and pavement preservation fund;
• Increased funding for capital construction projects through Strategic Transportation Initiatives (STI);
• Continued funding for modernization of the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV);
• Increased funding for state aid to municipalities;
• Reduce taxpayer dollars used for Board of Transportation travel expenses;
• Increases funding for airport development and the UAS program;
• Eliminates 50 Raleigh-based, non-field positions.

The General Assembly addressed many areas of economic development that are vital for many areas of the state, including reinstating the Historic Preservation tax credit so crucial for many rural areas of North Carolina. Also the General Assembly revamped the film grant to help boost the film production in North Carolina.

Below are a few of the highlights:
Other Highlights:
• $3 million for OneNC Small Business Fund
• $2.5 million annually for Rural Economic Development Grants;
• $30 million for Film Grants;
• $8 million in FY 2016-2017 for Historic Tax Credits;
Job Maintenance and Capital Development Fund (JMAC) funded on recurring basis, $6.9 million in FY 2015-2016 and $7.5 million in FY 2016-2017.

The General Assembly also made changes to the way Medicaid is administered by switching to a “hybrid” model in which commercial plans (insurance companies) and provider led entities, (hospitals and physician groups) will compete to run the program. This was done to try and bring more budget certainty to the state budget.

At the urging of Governor McCrory, the General Assembly approved a 2 billion dollar bond package that will go before the voters in March 2016. The statewide package focuses on infrastructure and includes 980 million dollars for the UNC system, 350 million dollars for community colleges, 310 million dollars for water and sewer infrastructure, 75 million dollars for state parks, and 70 million dollars for National Guard buildings across North Carolina.

The 2016 primary elections which have traditionally been held in May were moved to March 2016. Along with the primaries for all statewide offices, and all 170 seats in the North Carolina General Assembly.
The next session of the General Assembly will convene for the “short session” on Monday, April 25, 2016.

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Going Local NC

Going Local NC

Going Local NC is a gallery shop consisting of handmade items from artists all over North Carolina.  They host a vast assortment of artisans from fine art to whimsical, from all mediums and inspirations.  This collection includes local painters and photographers, of various styles from modern, mixed media, contemporary, abstract, encaustic and fanciful, to fine oils on canvas.  Then you have the Zentangle doodlers, with their intricate pen and ink craftings. You’ll also find Wood crafters, Potters, stain-glass and candle makers.  If you are into meditation there is artwork, jewelry, stacking stones and essential oils to help bring out your inner chakras.  Pamper yourself with sea salt scrubs harvested on the North Carolina Coast, or enjoy some of the many all natural handmade soaps and body butters, lip balms and glosses. “The Dog Pound” is an entire section of the store devoted to your furry family member. There are various styles of jewelry, from traditional styled Argentinian Sterling Silver pieces, brass stamping designers, enamel metal artisans, glass artists, and vintage inspired jewelry designs. In textiles there is boutique children’s clothing, Raleigh inspired t-shirt designs, crochet scarfs, hats, and finger-less gloves, hand painted silk scarves, even some tie dye designs.

Art is something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or expresses important ideas or feelings, it is something you experience, and whether your tastes are classic or modern, elegant or whimsical, you’ll find much to enjoy at Going Local NC.  Treat someone special-or yourself-to the gift of local art today.

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A shop-o-holic’s dream, fab’rik delivers high style without attitude or sticker shock. If you’ve seen it on the runway or the cover of a magazine, chances are you’ll find it at fab’rik, minus the hefty price tags. All items are priced under $100 except for the extensive denim collection. fab’rik looks out for those who appreciate a unique sense of style and therefore they only carry a limited quantity of each item. Those who shop in the boutiques already know the drill, first come, first serve – clothing doesn’t stay around long. The bad news…you have to be quick, if you like it you better grab it. The good news…you have the confidence that not everyone will be wearing your same outfit!