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Municipalities Approve 2015-16 Legislative Goals PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 19 December 2014 06:24

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Officials from around North Carolina have approved 25 legislative, five regulatory, and two federal priorities for the 2015-16 season, according to the League of Municipalities.

"The priorities include one that would seek legislation to generate additional revenue to address growing transportation needs at the state and local level and enable local governments to enter into alternative financing mechanisms to complete transportation projects. Another calls for allowing municipalities to access a portion of any transportation-related state bond issue," according to a story posted at nclm.org.

"Finance-related priorities would provide municipalities with additional local-option revenue sources to replace money lost due to the pending repeal of the privilege license tax," the story says.

Gov. Pat McCrory addressed the officials at their gathering last week and expressed his support for restoring the historic preservation tax credit. He asked officials to help him urge the legislature to take action.

Four Eastern Counties Eligible For Low Income Energy Assistance Program PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:37

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The Commission of Indian Affairs has announced the availability of a program to financially assist elderly and disabled families with energy-related bills this winter. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a Federally-funded program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help qualifying households. The Commission of Indian Affairs’ LIEAP staff has identified eligible families in Columbus, Halifax, Sampson and Warren Counties and has provided them with information about the program and how to apply.

To be eligible, households must contain a person age 60 and above or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services. In addition, the applicant household must contain at least one US citizen (or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria), meet an income test, have financial reserves at or below $2,200, and have financial responsibility for its heating bills.

Funds will be available December 1, 2014 through their depletion.

Commerce: Mecklenburg and Wake Counties Receiving Most Unemployment Insurance Benefits PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 05:52

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's two most populous counties, Mecklenburg and Wake, are at the top of the Commerce Department's list of counties receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits in October.

Commerce data shows Mecklenburg reeiving $3,718,429 in benefits. Wake recipients received $2,706,022.

Guilford, Forsyth and Durham counties rounded out the top five.

Data on initial claims filings for the  month showed the Business Services category as accounting for the most initial claims: 2,352. Eating and Drinking industries came in at 939 claims, with Health Services (868), Miscellaneous Services (578) and General Merchandise (547) following behind.

The complete October report on labor market conditions in North Carolina can be found at nccommerce.com

Unemployment Drops In 98 North Carolina Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:14

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The unemployment rate continues to drop in North Carolina, with all but two counties showing a drop in the local rate in October.

Currituck and Dare rates went up, from 4.2 to 4.4 percent in Currituck and 4.7 to 5.0 in Dare.

Department of Commerce data shows Graham County with the highest rate, at 11.2 percent, and Chathm County with the lowest rate, at 3.8 percent.

Nearly one in four counties -- 23 percent -- now have a rate of 5 percent of lower. Nearly three in four -- 74 percent -- have a rate between 5 and 10 percent. Three counties have a rate of 10 percent of above.

Full statistics can be found at http://www.nccommerce.com/


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