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Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Tuesday, April 22, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 17:18

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Tuesday, April 22, 2014, as detailed by his office.

10:30 a.m.
Governor’s Innovation-to-Jobs Initiative Kickoff Meeting
Executive Mansion
200 N. Blount Street, Raleigh
Closed to Press
4 p.m.
North Carolina Association of County Commissioners'
Leadership Team Meeting
Governor's Office, State Capitol
1 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh
Closed to Press
4:30 p.m.
North Carolina Basketball Champions Reception
Executive Mansion
200 N. Blount Street, Raleigh
OPEN to credentialed press only. 
Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 17:19
Appointments To The State Community Corrections Advisory Board PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 14:19


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Law enforcement officials have been tapped for seats on the state's Community Corrections Advisory Board, which monitors and evaluates community-based corrections programs, among other duties. 
The term length is three years.
The appointees are:
- Phillip Redmond (Iredell County) – Redmond is the sheriff of Iredell County. 
- Scott Cunningham (Forsyth County) – Dr. Cunningham is the chief of the Kernersville Police Department.  
- Robert Clinkscales (Perquimans County) – Clinkscales is the director of Barnabas House of North Carolina. 
- George O’Briant (Wake County) – O’Briant is a case management director for the Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center. 
- Linwood Britton (Chowan County) – Britton is the vice president of plant operations with Jimbo's Jumbo Peanuts in Edenton.
Governing Magazine Focuses On Debate Over N.C.'s Renewable Energy Mandate PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 14:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's controversial law that requires utilities to provide a portion of their energy from "renewable" sources is among the examples featured in a national magazine's story about efforts to repeal the subsidies in a number of states.

Governing Magazine's April issue features a story headlined "Renewable Energy Requirements Get a Second Wind."
The story initially focuses on debate over subsidies in Kansas and then delves into North Carolina's law. Senate Bill 3 was passed in 2007. Supporters say the law is an appropriate subsidy to kickstart the renewable industry. Detractors, led by Rep. Mike Hager of Rutherford County, say the state shouldn't be picking winners and losers in the marketplace and that the subsidies have pushed electric rates higher than they should be.
An excerpt from Governing:
"A joint study by the conservative think tanks the Beacon Hill Institute and the John Locke Foundation estimates that RPS will cost North Carolina electricity consumers $1.845 billion between 2008 and 2021. The report also challenged what it characterized as bloated job creation claims by pro-RPS forces. Such arguments—and eye-popping numbers—however, weren’t enough to win over key House and Senate Republicans last session. They joined with Democrats to kill a bill sponsored by ALEC member and former Duke Energy employee, Rep. Mike Hager.
Hager blames the foundering of his Electricity Freedom Act on powerful political interests including poultry and pork farms, which are specifically designated as renewable energy producers in the North Carolina RPS law. “[They] don’t want to end the gravy train,” Hager was quoted as saying after the bill was bottled up in the House."
The entire story can be found at http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-renewable-energy-requirements-second-wind.html.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 14:16
Statement From Gov. McCrory On March Unemployment Rate PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 14:08

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - On the heels of news that North Carolina's March unemployment rate dropped again -- this time to 6.3 percent -- Gov. Pat McCrory released the following statement.

 “The March jobs report is more welcome news, but there is still a lot of work to do,” said Governor McCrory. “The continued progress that we have made over the last 15 months is evidence that the policy changes we made are working. While we continue to see encouraging results, the hard work is far from over, and we will use the upcoming short session to pursue even more policies that put North Carolinians back to work,” continued Governor McCrory.
The number of people employed increased by 10,277 over the month and increased by 56,211 over the past year. North Carolina saw the second largest year-over-year drop in the unemployment rate – a 2.2 percentage point decrease to 6.3 percent. The last time the North Carolina unemployment rate was at or below 6.3% was in June of 2008. 
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 14:09

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