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League Of Municipalities Expresses Concern Over Proposed Changes To Privilege License Tax PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:55

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Supporters of an idea to limit the amount of privilege license tax a local government can impose on business to $100  will have the North Carolina League of Municipalities on the opposing side. 

In a story posted on the League's website, the group expresses concern at comments made by Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) that cities could be protected from losing revenue by reforming the sales tax code to apply it to a broader base of services.
"Sen. Rucho told the committee that some municipalities have “abused” the privilege license tax authority, but that many municipalities would be kept whole or nearly whole from the revenues lost through privilege license tax reform if the state were to expand its sales tax to a broader base of services," said the League's posting. "The League does not view it as a safe solution for cities to have privilege license revenues eliminated with only the commitment to make up some of that revenue through future tax reform."
The issue is scheduled to be discussed Wednesday at a meeting of the Revenue Laws Committee of the General Assembly.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:56
Police Department Liability In Car Chase Deaths At Issue In Supreme Court Case PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:50


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears likely to rule for police officers in Arkansas who were involved in a car chase that ended with the deaths of the driver and his passenger.
No one on the court in arguments Tuesday seemed inclined to affirm an appeals court ruling allowing a civil lawsuit by the driver's daughter to proceed against six West Memphis, Ark., police officers. They fatally shot driver Donald Rickard and passenger Kelly Allen in a chaotic scene on a Memphis street following a chase that began across the Mississippi River in Arkansas.
The lawsuit says police used excessive force. But several justices said the officers should be shielded from liability.
Police Liability In Car Chase Deaths At Issue In Supreme Court Case
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 06:20
Shopping Bag Manufacturer Coming To Rutherford County PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Bonita Manufacturing Products will create 50 jobs over the next three years in Forest City, and invest more than $2.8 million in the Rutherford County town. Average annual wages for the jobs is expected to top $32,000 plus benefits.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company is an award winning international supplier of custom and stock packaging products, including paper shopping bags, gift wrap, merchandise bags, and folding cartons. 
Their products are used in retail and commercial applications throughout the United States and Canada.
“As someone who calls Rutherford County home, I am thrilled to see Bonita Pioneer’s commitment to bring new jobs and economic development to our state,” said Commerce Secretary Decker in a statement announcing the new jobs. “By emphasizing workforce development, training and education, North Carolina will continue to lead the way in the resurgence of American manufacturing.”
Thomas Shaw, vice president of manufacturing, said the company conducted an exhaustive search throughout the Southeast before deciding on Rutherford County. "The reception we received throughout North Carolina was amazing and made for a very difficult decision-making process in selecting the county in which to locate this operation.  We are aware of the rich manufacturing history and great work ethic that exists in this state, as well as, the central location which will allow us to provide much improved service to our customers in the eastern portion of the US.”   
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:44
Buncombe County Snags $11.8 Million, Three-Year Investment From Defense Manufacturer PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 February 2014 13:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Kearfott Corporation will expand its manufacturing operations in North Carolina by adding 75 jobs in Black Mountain as the result of an $11.8 million investment over the next three years.

Kearfott currently employs 336 workers in North Carolina.
Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will likely exceed $46,000 plus benefits. The Buncombe County average annual wage is $35,784.
Kearfott is a full service design, manufacturing and support center for a variety of guidance and navigation systems for commercial and military applications. These include aircraft, spacecraft, sea systems and land vehicles. 
“Kearfott carefully evaluated several potential locations for expansion, with Western North Carolina emerging as the clear winner,” said Kearfott President, Craig Scott in the announcement. “Our high technology inertial and motion control product line developments depend on the highly- skilled workforce available in the region.  We have had a long-standing presence in the area and are pleased to contribute to the well-being of the community.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $75,000. 
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 13:40

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