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Tobacco Growers Approve New Assessment To Keep Farmers Front And Center In Policy Debate PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 09:15

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Flue-cured tobacco growers are signaling their support for keeping issues of concern to farmers before state policymakers. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture reports that growers approved a new assessment to fund the efforts.

The assessment was approved on 88 percent of ballots in a mail-in referendum, according to the agency. A two-thirds majority was needed for approval. The money will collected when farmers sell their tobacco. 
Growers approved an assessment of up to 15 cents per hundred pounds of flue-cured tobacco sold in North Carolina. However, the initial assessment will be 10 cents per hundred pounds. 
“Until now, tobacco was one of the few commodities in our state that didn’t have a checkoff program to support its work,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in a statement.
The assessment referendum was authorized last year by the General Assembly.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:15
Gov. McCrory: Current Senate Budget Plan Not Financially Viable And I'll Veto It PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:53

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory delivered a firm signal to the North Carolina Senate Thursday, vowing to veto the Senate's version of the state budget.

“This morning, I received a call from Speaker Tillis and they have moved to a 6 percent raise. In an effort to come to a resolution, but with some concerns, I have agreed to accept that position. I've moved from a 3 percent raise to a 6 percent raise for teachers," the governor said in a statement. 
“We have a plan that doesn't raise taxes, provides meaningful raises for teachers without cutting thousands of teacher assistants and avoids ending critical services to the blind, elderly, disabled and those with Alzheimer's disease.
“This is a long-term, sustainable and affordable plan in which I stand with our teachers, our students, our principals, our superintendents, business leaders, House Democrats and House Republicans. The Senate is currently standing by themselves with no visible support outside of the Beltline of our state capital," the governor continued. 
 “I will veto the latest Senate plan or any plan that resembles it because I know of no financial way we can go beyond the House proposal without eliminating thousands of teacher assistants, cutting Medicaid recipients and putting at risk future core state services."
The governor's statement concluded with an offer to continuing talking.
"I’m committed to clearing my calendar next week to meet with any Senate or House member – both Republicans and Democrats - to personally communicate my resolve and to communicate to teachers who are waiting in limbo as the school year approaches," the statement said. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:54
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Thursday, July 10, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:45

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Thursday, July 10, 2014, as released by his office.

9 a.m.
Bill Signing
Joint Force Headquarters
First Floor Foyer
1636 Gold Star Drive
OPEN to credentialed press only.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:46
New Appointments To Banking And Building Commissions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:47

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Mathias Hunoval and Michael Benson have received appointments by Gov. Pat McCrory to state commissions. 

Hunoval is a resident of Mecklenburg County. His appointment is to the banking commission, which supervises, directs and reviews all actions of the Commissioner of Banks on issues such as the establishment of new banks, the opening and closing of bank branches and mergers.
Hunoval is the founder of Hunoval Law Firm, PLLC. The appointment is for four years. 
Michael Benson, of Pitt County, has been appointed to the building commission, which develops procedures to direct and guide the state’s capital facilities development and management program. 
He is the president of Pitt Electric Inc. His term is for three years.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:48

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