Legislation

  • January 14, 2015 • Legislation

    Raleigh, N.C. - Earlier today, the North Carolina General Assembly began its 2015 legislative session and Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement welcoming lawmakers back to the state capital.

     

    “First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore,” said Governor McCrory. “I would also like to congratulate the rest of the Senate and House leaders that were elected today. Together, during the past two years, we have strengthened education, helped create jobs and reformed state government. I look forward to building on our successes during this new session.”

  • “As we look forward to another year of progress for North Carolina’s economy and quality of life, we also reflect on the accomplishments of a successful 2014.” – Governor McCrory

    December 31, 2014 • Jobs and the Economy, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC - As the state prepares for the start of a new year, new laws are slated to take effect in North Carolina on January 1, 2015. Governor Pat McCrory highlighted accomplishments from this past year as well as informed citizens of some of the imminent laws.

     

    “As we look forward to another year of progress for North Carolina’s economy and quality of life, we also reflect on the accomplishments of a successful 2014,” said Governor McCrory. “Throughout the past year, we have announced more than 13,500 jobs throughout our state, in addition to the thousands of other jobs that have been created to help our state recover all those lost in the Great Recession and reach our lowest unemployment rate in over half a decade.”

     

    Key job announcements from 2014 included Vertex Rail creating 1,300 jobs in Wilmington, Sealed Air Corporation creating 1,262 jobs and investing $58 million in Charlotte; HCL Technologies creating 1,237 jobs and investing $9 million in Cary; United Furniture creating 200 jobs and investing $5.2 million in Winston-Salem; DPx Holdings creating 488 jobs and investing $159 million in Greenville; Richelieu Legwear creating 205 jobs and investing $16 million in Hildebran; and GKN Driveline creating 333 jobs and investing $132 million in Catawba, Lee and Alamance counties.

     

    Among the new laws taking effect on January 1: the Omnibus Tax Law Changes which will further reduce tax rates for individuals, families and businesses as a part of tax reform; certain provisions of the Energy Modernization Act, which regulates North Carolina’s safe and needed entry into the energy business; the Credit for Military Training Act, which grants college credits uniformly to students with military training; the Fiscal Integrity/Pension Spiking Prevention Act, which increases protections for workers and retirees and further ensure the solvency and sustainability of our state’s retirement system; and portions of the Regulatory Reform Act of 2014, which modernizes and simplifies cumbersome or outdated regulations.

     

    “With help from the General Assembly, North Carolina has put in place major reforms and initiatives aimed at improving our economy, education, quality of life and support for veterans over the past two years,” continued Governor McCrory. “I look forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly in the upcoming session to further our success and this Carolina Comeback.”

     

    For a full list of laws going into effect on January 1, 2015, click here.

  • November 22, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement upon the selection of Rep. Tim Moore as Speaker Designee of the North Carolina House:

     

    "I'd like to congratulate Speaker Designee Moore and the rest of the House members who will assume important leadership roles this session. I look forward to working with both the House and Senate to find solutions that strengthen our state and build on the accomplishments we've made in the past two years."

     

    Governor McCrory will visit with Speaker Designee Moore at his home in Kings Mountain tomorrow.

  • November 13, 2014 • Ethics and Accountability, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC- Governor Pat McCrory, joined by former governors Jim Martin and Jim Hunt, has asked the North Carolina courts to declare unconstitutional commissions that violate the separation of powers clause of the North Carolina Constitution.

     

    "These commissions make government less accountable to the will of the people. Citizens and voters must be able to distinguish which branch of government is responsible for making the laws and which branch is responsible for carrying out the laws and operating state government," Governor McCrory said. 

     

    Recent examples of unaccountable commissions include the proposed Board of the Department of Medical Benefits, the proposed Social Services Commission and the Coal Ash Commission.  

     

    Governors McCrory, Hunt and Martin believe that these commissions are unconstitutional because they have Executive Branch powers but are unaccountable to the Executive Branch. Furthermore, the General Assembly assumes powers of the Executive by appointing members of commissions that clearly perform executive branch functions. 

     

    "Upon taking office, I took an oath to uphold and defend the North Carolina Constitution. I have a duty to the people of North Carolina and future governors to protect the longstanding principles enshrined in our state's constitution," Governor McCrory continued.

     

    Resolving these constitutional differences through a lawsuit was not the governor's first choice. The governor made repeated efforts to avoid this lawsuit, including asking Lt. Governor Dan Forest, Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger to join him in asking for an advisory opinion from the North Carolina Supreme Court. Lt. Governor Forest agreed. Speaker Tillis and Senate Pro Tempore Berger declined.  

     

    "The disagreement among the two branches is not acrimonious, but it is of fundamental importance," said Governor McCrory. "I have too much respect for North Carolina's constitution to allow the growing encroachment of the legislative branch into the responsibilities the people of North Carolina have vested in the executive branch.”

     

    This suit follows a lawsuit filed last week by the North Carolina State Board of Education, chaired by Bill Cobey. The State Board is represented by former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr. 

     

    Governor McCrory said the legal dispute will not hinder his shared agenda with the General Assembly to build a stronger North Carolina.

     

    “While the judicial branch works out our differences, I look forward to working with and building on the relationships we’ve forged with members of the General Assembly to create jobs, improve education and make government more efficient.”  

  • October 10, 2014 • Legislation

    Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement following the most recent court ruling on same-sex marriage:

    "The administration is moving forward with the execution of the court's ruling and will continue to do so unless otherwise notified by the courts. Each agency will work through the implications of the court's ruling regarding its operations."

  • October 9, 2014 • Jobs and the Economy, • Legislation

    Why North Carolina Got The Highest Grade On Cato's Fiscal Report Card

    by Nicole Kaeding

    Forbes

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/10/08/why-north-carolina-got-the-highest-grade-on-catos-fiscal-report-card/

     

    In less than two years, North Carolina’s governor and legislature have helped to revive the state’s economy. The  economy is growing and adding jobs, improving the well-being of North Carolina residents.

     

    Governor Pat McCrory took office in January of 2013, joining a Republican legislature. For the first time since Reconstruction, North Carolina’s executive and legislative branches were controlled by Republicans, and they had a large mandate for reform. In 2011, the state’s economy grew at an anemic 0.3 percent. It was well below the national rate of 1.6 percent and one of the lowest in the Southeast. The state’s growth lagged many of its peers in 2012 as well. Individuals wanted change.

     

    The new government took action to repair the state. The biggest item on the agenda was tax reform. McCrory and the legislature’s plan passed one of the most impressive tax reform packages in any state in years.

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    In totality, this package puts North Carolina on a pro-growth trajectory with a low, broad tax structure. The reforms will vault North Carolina from 44th to 17th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index. All told, these tax cuts reduced the burden of taxation on North Carolina residents by $700 million annually, or 3 percent of state tax revenues.

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    For his efforts, Governor Pat McCrory received an “A” in the Cato Institute’s newest edition of its “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors.” The report card assigns grades of “A” to “F” to the nation’s governors based on their efforts to restrain government and cut spending. McCrory tied for the highest score of any governor.

     

    Under the leadership of Governor McCrory and the state legislature, North Carolina is poised for economic success. Limiting the growth of spending and passing tax reform is putting the state on a path of fiscal responsibility.

     

    Read it all here.

     

  • October 8, 2014 • Legislation
    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement following the 7-2 decision by U.S. Supreme Court:
     
    "I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has ensured this popular and common sense bill will apply to the upcoming election. We respect the legal process and thank the Supreme Court justices for protecting the integrity of our elections."

  • October 6, 2014 • Legislation

    Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement:

    "I disagree with the Supreme Court's decision, which goes against the amendment that North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved. We will continue to respect the legal process as it proceeds."

  • October 1, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement following the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision:

     

    "I am pleased that the major parts of this popular and common sense bill were left intact and apply to the upcoming election. I have instructed our attorneys to appeal to the Supreme Court so that the two provisions rejected today can apply in the future and protect the integrity of our elections."

  • September 18, 2014 • Legislation

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement today on why he will allow House Bill 1086, which establishes the North Carolina and South Carolina rail compact, to become law without his signature:

     

    "Since taking office, one of my central goals has been better connecting North Carolinians to jobs, education and centers of commerce. Infrastructure can be a catalyst for economic development and adequate rail access to centers of economic activity is vital to the growth of our rural areas and the preservation of North Carolina’s small towns and farmlands. My 25 Year Transportation Vision announced this week notes the importance of enhancing freight movement and freight rail access in our eastern region. Where local officials, economic developers, civic groups and businesses take the lead in addressing these issues, my administration is ready and willing to help.

     

    "I understand that a group of local leaders has organized and led a committee to find a solution to revitalize freight rail service to southeastern North Carolina. I am encouraged by recent developments in negotiations with local governments and the railroad, and I commend their hard work on this issue and willingness to sacrifice personal time and resources to promote economic development in southeastern North Carolina.

     

    "House Bill 1086 puts in place half of a North Carolina – South Carolina commission in case local efforts fail and a joint multi-state venture at the state level is necessary. However, in doing so it creates a new commissionthat has the power to acquire infrastructure on behalf of the state, but does not report to any state agency with the expertise to acquire and maintain rail infrastructure. I have reservations about this legislation, but the new commission will not become effective until South Carolina adopts similar legislation and may require Congressional approval as well.

     

    "Furthermore, no funds have been appropriated that would enable the Commission to purchase the rail line, and the Commission’s other duties are advisory in nature and therefore appropriate for a Commission. In the interim, I will allow this bill to become law, and I appreciate the commitments I have already received from members of the General Assembly to work with my administration to address our concerns in the 2015 Session.

     

    "The hard work of local leaders has carved a path toward a solution for freight rail service in this region. Acquisition of this railroad by the public sector should be the last resort. As local officials in North Carolina and South Carolina move forward, my Departments of Commerce and Transportation, along with others in my administration, will continue to support the broader goal of economic development in this region through existing state and local organizations."

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