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Two National Groups Give North Carolina Kudos For Business Tax Climate PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 30 November 2015 07:02

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State commerce officials are happy to tell you there's no better place to live or work than North Carolina. But now two national organizations are singing North Carolina's praises.

The Pollina Corporate/AEDI (American Economic Development Institute) Top Ten Pro-Business States Report ranks North Carolina the seventh most business-friendly state.

The study looks at 32 factors. It can be found at http://www.pollina.com/top10/Top-10-Pro-Business-States-2015.pdf'

The Tax Foundation's latest report on the tax climate in the states shows North Carolina has catapulted from 45th to 15th, thanks to several years of reforms to the personal income tax and corporate tax codes.

The study can be found at http://taxfoundation.org/article/2016-state-business-tax-climate-index


Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Monday, November 30, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 30 November 2015 06:19

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Monday, November 30, 2015, as released by his office.

1 p.m.
Highway Patrol Promotional Ceremony
Summit Church
3249 Blue Ridge Road

PRESS:       OPEN to credentialed media.

2:30 p.m.
Christmas Tree Farmer Presentation of State Capitol Christmas Trees
North Carolina State Capitol
1 E Edenton St.
PRESS:       OPEN to credentialed media.

Dale Folwell Resigns Position As Head Of Division of Employment Security PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Dale Folwell is leaving the Division of Employment Security effective Dec. 1. He has held the job since March 2013.

Folwell has overseen the state's payback of $2.5 billion owed to the federal government for money borrowed to pay unemployment benefits during the previous administration.

The system now has a $1 billion surplus and growing.

“Dale’s leadership of one of Commerce’s largest and most important divisions resulted in improved customer service, the adoption of new technologies, streamlined operations and an estimated collective savings for North Carolina employers of more than $600 million in federal and state taxes over the next year,” said Commerce Secretary John Skvarla in a statement.

Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Brinn will serve as interim assistant secretary.

Folwell is a former state legislator who represented Forsyth County. There is speculation that he will run for State Treasurer. Democrat Janet Cowell has announced she will not seek re-election.

Gov. McCrory To File Amicus Brief To Oppose Transgendered Student Use Of Opposite-Sex School Bathrooms PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 07:38

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday that he will file an amicus brief to oppose the Obama administration's desire to force a Virginia school to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite biological sex.

The move comes after Attorney General Roy Cooper refused to weigh in on G. G. v. Gloucester County School Board.

Cooper's campaign for governor accused McCrory of being a bully. "Adolescence is hard enough without being bullied by an elected official. Next week, who knows who'll be the target of a governor whose only path to re-election is dividing North Carolina," said campaign spokesman Jamal Little on Twitter.

North Carolina is in the Fourth District, so if the Court of Appeals sides with the Obama administration in forcing the Virginia school to open opposite-sex bathrooms, the decision would be binding on North Carolina.

“North Carolina parents deserve certainty about who is entering their children’s bathrooms and locker rooms at our public schools and students must be confident that their privacy and well-being will be respected,” the governor said in a statement. "Transgender identity is a complex issue and is best handled with reason and compassion at the local level, instead of mandates being forced on the people by Washington and the Obama Administration.”


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