North Carolina News

September 11 – State Recognizes First Responders on 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Governor McCrory is recognizing and honoring first responders on the anniversary of September 11 for keeping our state and nation safe. In a video message, the governor recalls the bravery of first responders, military members and other citizens on September 11, 2001 and vows to support those who protect us.

“It’s first responders who I especially want to recognize on the anniversary of 9/11,” said Governor McCrory. “We will never stop supporting and protecting those who protect us.”


August 7 – North Carolina’s Thriving Economy Featured Internationally in Newsweek Magazine

North Carolina’s Thriving Economy Featured Internationally in Newsweek Magazine

The success story of North Carolina’s economy is in front of a world-wide audience, featured in a multi-page profile headlined North Carolina: Transformation Through Innovation in a recent issue of Newsweek magazine. Articles include interviews with Governor McCrory, Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson and Economic Development Partnership of N.C. CEO Christopher Chung. The articles highlight the number of net new jobs added since 2013, the dramatic turnaround in North Carolina’s unemployment rate, the lowering of individual and business income taxes, its innovative industries and the state’s competitive advantages over its neighboring states when it comes to job recruitment.


August 7Strong Revenue Growth Triggers Lower Business Tax Rate

Strong Revenue Growth Triggers Lower Business Tax RateGovernor McCrory announced this week that North Carolina ended the fiscal year with strong revenue growth, meaning business tax rates will be lower in 2017. Tax revenue collections were $21.3 billion, more than $300 million above the threshold for triggering a reduction in the state’s business tax rate from 4 percent to 3 percent beginning January 1, 2017. This will be less than half the 6.9 percent rate paid by North Carolina businesses in 2013.


August 5 – Disaster Relief Funds Not Being Used to Pay Legal Expenses

Raleigh, N.C. – The following statement was issued today by Bob Stephens, General Counsel for Governor Pat McCrory: 

“Various media have reported that Governor McCrory’s administration is using disaster relief funds, or will use disaster relief funds, to pay lawyers to challenge, in court, the federal overreach by the Obama administration on bathroom, locker room, and shower facility policies in North Carolina and to defend North Carolina’s laws and policies regarding the use of these facilities.
 
“More than 20 other states have followed North Carolina’s lead in filing lawsuits against the Obama administration on this issue.
 
“Due to the North Carolina Attorney General’s repeated refusal to fulfill his statutory duty to represent the State in litigation, my office retained outside counsel to prosecute, and when necessary to defend, these lawsuits. However, contrary to media reports, we have not used any disaster relief funds to pay the legal expenses relating to these lawsuits.
Under Governor McCrory no disaster relief money has been used to pay for legal expenses related to the bathroom lawsuits. Instead, available funds from agency and departmental budgets have been and will be used for this expense.

July 26 – NC Legislation Supports NC Veterans

Governor Pat McCrory was joined by veterans, active duty military members and legislators at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs today as he signed legislation to support veterans in North Carolina.

“This bill is about making sure we are doing everything we can at the state level to support military members, veterans and their families,” said Governor McCrory. “Allowing people to voluntarily indicate if they are a veteran can help us better serve those who have fought to defend our state and nation.”

Senate Bill 105 directs the Secretary of Revenue to add space to income tax forms so a person can voluntarily indicate if they or their spouse are a veteran. The Department of Revenue will compile that information and annually report the number of veterans filing tax returns in North Carolina to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. This information can help the state determine information on how veterans and their families reside in North Carolina to offer insight on services or resources veterans in North Carolina may require.
 
More than 770,000 veterans reside in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. To better serve veterans, active duty military and their families in North Carolina, Governor McCrory created the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The governor has also initiated in-state tuition for veterans at North Carolina community colleges and universities, funded Veteran Treatment Courts to ensure veterans get the unique care they deserve, and signed legislation to give credit for military experience when veterans apply for positions like law enforcement and truck drivers. Since 2013, these initiatives have helped cut the unemployment rate among veterans in half.

Governor McCrory has also signed the following bills:

  • Senate Bill 886 – Establishes survivorship benefits for a member killed in the line of duty for the North Carolina Firefighters’ and Rescue Squad Workers’ Pension Fund. The law honors firefighter Captain Bradley Long who was killed in the line of duty in June 2016.
  • Senate Bill 865 – Makes administrative changes to the State Health Plan for teachers and state employees statutes; increases the number of local governments able to participate in the State Health Plan; and makes changes to State Health Plan premiums paid by local government employees.
  • Senate Bill 815 – Authorizes the Longleaf School of the Arts to elect to participate in the State Health Plan.
  • Senate Bill 667 – Makes omnibus changes to election laws.
  • Senate Bill 508 – Makes various amendments to the bail bond, collection agency, and criminal mediation laws.
  • House Bill 1080 – Establishes the Achievement School District (ASD), a State-level and statewide school administrative unit for low-performing schools from across the state. The bill passed with bipartisan support and authorizes the creation of innovation zones for local school administrative units (LEA) that transfer a qualifying school into the ASD.
  • House Bill 742 – Clarifies the requirements for initial licensure as a professional engineer and allows North Carolina Public Schools to reduce costs by allowing the employment of licensed school maintenance plumbers.
  • House Bill 483 – Makes changes to land-use regulatory laws to support multi-phased development.

July 18 – North Carolina Revenues Up, Economy Continues to Grow

Raleigh, N.C. – “North Carolina’s economy is firing on all cylinders,” said Governor McCrory. “North Carolina is home to one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, revenues are up above projections, unemployment is at an 8-year-low and more than 275,000 private sector jobs have been added since 2013.”

  • North Carolina’s AAA Bond Rating Affirmed by All 3 Credit Rating Agencies
  • North Carolina Revenue Up, Budget Surplus Increases To $425 Million
  • North Carolina Jumps Up 4 Spots In CNBC’s Annual Ranking Of The Best States For Business
  • North Carolina Has Added 25,000 Jobs Since May 2016
  • McCrory Signs Budget To Deliver Teacher Pay Raises, Affordable College Tuition And $132 Million In Middle-Class Tax Cuts
  • North Carolina’s Unemployment Rate Reaches 8-Year Low
  • Job Growth Continues As Cities, Towns Report Increased Business
  • North Carolina Continues To Have One Of The Fastest-Growing Economies In The Nation

April 19Federal Judges Could Force Middle School Boys and Girls to Use Same Bathrooms, Locker Rooms

Raleigh, N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement Tuesday in response to a 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling:

“People need to wake up:  Roy Cooper, Barack Obama and two unelected federal judges are on the verge of completing their radical social reengineering of our society by forcing middle school-aged girls to share school locker rooms with boys. House Bill 2 was our effort to stop this insanity, and I hope this proves the bathroom safety bill has nothing to do with discrimination and everything to do with protecting women’s privacy and keeping men out of girls’ bathrooms.”

Background

On Tuesday two judges on the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals voted to reverse an earlier ruling that dismissed part of a lawsuit seeking to end commonsense policies allowing students to use either single-stall bathrooms or those designated to their biological sex – and instead mandate shared dual-sex bathrooms in schools.

In a dissenting opinion, Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote: “This unprecedented holding overrules custom, culture, and the very demands inherent in human nature for privacy and safety, which the separation of such facilities is designed to protect. More particularly, it also misconstrues the clear language of Title IX and its regulations. And finally, it reaches an unworkable and illogical result,” and

“This holding completely tramples on all universally accepted protections of privacy and safety that are based on the anatomical differences between the sexes…”  


April 11 – Governor McCrory Announces $237 Million Projected Revenue Surplus

Governor McCrory announced that FY 2015-16 revenues are projected to finish $237 million above initial budget projections.

“This projected surplus is the result of historic tax reform, innovative job creation policies and a tight rein on government spending,” said Governor McCrory. “My upcoming budget will build on our strategic investments in education, public safety and fulfilling our promise to help those who can’t help themselves while encouraging those who can.”