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Governor McCrory Allows Funding For HB2 Court Challenge To Become Law Without His Signature PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:48
Governor Pat McCrory has let become law without his signature a bill transferring money from a disaster-relief fund to pay to defend the state against lawsuits over HB2.
 
The bill was part of the annual “technical corrections” legislation cleaning up budget-related matters. One provision moved $500,000 from the state’s Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Fund for the current fiscal year into a fund controlled by the governor to be used for costs arising from litigation over HB2
 
Attorney General Roy Cooper has said he would not defend the constitutionality of the bill. Republican leaders have criticized him for taking that position.
 
Attorney General Will Not Represent State In Voter ID Appeal PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:02
Governor  Pat McCrory announced Attorney General Roy Cooper will not appeal the a ruling from a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals nullifying the state’s election reforms including a photo identification requirement for voters. 
 
The governor said the state will appeal the ruling without help from Attorney General's office. McCrory said Cooper’s decision was another example of him refusing to represent the state.
 
“We’re very disappointed to hear that again his office is not willing to do his job,” McCrory said. “In fact, I question whether he should even accept a paycheck from the state of North Carolina anymore because he continues to not do his job, as his oath of office requires him to do.”
 
A spokeswoman for the attorney general confirmed to the Raleigh News and Observer Cooper’s decision.
 
“Attorneys with our office put forward their best arguments but the court found that the law was intentional discrimination and we will not appeal,” Noelle Talley said. “Other parties are adequately represented if they choose to appeal further, although additional appeals would only incur more expense and foster uncertainty with the approaching election and early voting.”
 
Cooper, the Democratic candidate for governor, made it clear he agrees with the ruling.
 
“The bottom line is people will have more opportunities to register and vote, which was the origin of the laws that were passed in the first place — the ones that, it looks like now, were illegally overturned by the governor and the General Assembly.”
 
Outside attorneys are representing state legislative leaders in the lawsuit.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:03
 
Strong State Revenue Growth Triggers Business Tax Cut PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 13:53
Strong state revenue growth has triggered lower business tax rates for 2017. The reductions were part of a tax reform package signed by Governor Pat McCrory on 2013.  
 
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.
 
“Even in an environment of historic tax cuts saving taxpayers more than $4.4 billion over five years, state revenues continue to grow due to our tremendous job growth, economic expansion and responsible fiscal management,” said Governor McCrory. “Today’s news that the state has met the threshold for further tax cuts for businesses will help spur job creation and continue to make North Carolina one of the best states for business.”
 
North Carolina’s business tax rate will now be the lowest in the nation among states with a business income tax. The next lowest state business income tax rate is 4.31 percent in North Dakota.
 
Even when the business tax rate declined to 5 percent in 2015 and 4 percent in 2016, Fiscal Year 2015-16 business income tax revenues were higher than net collections in Fiscal Year 2010-11 when the tax rate was 6.9 percent.
 
In addition to reducing the business income tax rate in 2017, North Carolina will also reduce the personal income tax rate in 2017 from 5.75 percent to 5.499 percent.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:02
 
McCrory Presents $330,000 Check For Montford Point Marines Memorial PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 13:46
Governor Pat McCrory’s Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs presented a check for $330,000 to the Montford Point Marine Association to fund the completion of a memorial to the nation’s first black Marines who served at Montford Point at Camp Lejeune. Secretary Cornell Wilson presented the check at a ceremony on Thursday in honor of the first phase of the Montford Point Marines Memorial in Jacksonville.
 
“The 20,000 Marines who trained at Montford Point served our country with courage and honor,” said Governor McCrory. “This memorial will be a constant reminder of the important role they played in our nation’s military.”
 
The Marine Corps began accepting black service members in 1941 by Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Black recruits trained at Montford Point from 1942 to 1949.
 
“North Carolina is proud to be able to provide the funding needed to finish this memorial,” said Secretary Wilson. “As a Marine myself, I am grateful to these men who helped blaze the trail for me and my fellow Marines.”
 
The check presentation was part of the 51st National Convention of the National Montford Point Memorial Association (NMPMA). The funding was included in the state budget signed by Governor McCrory earlier this month.
 
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