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McCrory denies involvement in MetLife incentives

Posted March 11, 2013

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— Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday that he played no role in a deal to attract insurance giant MetLife to North Carolina in exchange for more than $90 million in state incentives.

MetLife announced Thursday that it would consolidate operations from six states into a global technology campus in Cary and a U.S. retail business campus in Charlotte. The $125.5 million investment would bring about 1,300 jobs to each of the two North Carolina campuses.

In return, the state offered MetLife a rebate of state withholding taxes of up to $87.2 million over 12 years, a $2 million grant from the One North Carolina Fund and community college worker training programs estimated at $4 million. Wake and Mecklenburg counties and Cary and Charlotte also are likely to provide other incentives to the company.

MetLife hired Charlotte-based law and lobbying firm Moore & Van Allen to broker its deal with the state. McCrory worked for the firm before he was elected in November.

It's not clear when MetLife hired Moore & Van Allen, but the company began discussing a move to North Carolina about nine months ago – while McCrory was still employed by the law firm.

Gov. Pat McCrory McCrory discusses MetLife incentives

"My commerce secretary led that recruitment effort," the governor said Monday, adding that his first involvement came with a phone call to MetLife's chief executive last week after an agreement had been reached.

"There's no doubt that (incentives) was a factor in their decision-making. To what degree, I don't know," he said.

McCrory said the state Department of Commerce is reviewing how incentives are used to recruit new and expanding businesses as part of an overall examination of North Carolina's economic development strategy.

While at Moore & Van Allen, he said, he schooled lawyers on the complexities of transportation, environmental and other issues facing municipalities and helped recruit some clients. He said he didn't work directly with MetLife or any other clients.

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  • DoingMyBest Mar 12, 4:29 p.m.

    "can't happen fast enough...the current admin is embarrassing the State."

    Yes it is, but no more embarrassing that the previous couple administrations, but you won't admit that.

  • affirmativediversity Mar 12, 4:23 p.m.

    "The demographics of NC are changing very, very fast. The few liberal counties around the Triangle and Metrolina are going to be the voice of the State soon in statewide and national referendums where gerrymandering has no effect."

    can't happen fast enough...the current admin is embarrassing the State. per Grand Union

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    Yeah...how embarrassing...imagine having a Governor that have had contact (once or twice removed) from someone who wants to bring 2600 good paying jobs to the state...

    Dang...I know I'm longing for the good ole Mike Easley and Bev Perdue days...because we all know they weren't in the least embarrassing...lol

  • livinggood2 Mar 12, 4:18 p.m.

    Lets face it, their is nothing this Governor does will ever satisfy Wral and its Liberal friends.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 12, 4:11 p.m.

    "welfare for corporate America Ain't it grand!! per etasdoug"

    Let me explain welfare. When you put nothing in the pot and the Government takes money from someone else and gives it to you, THAT is welfare. When you put ample money in the pot and the Government offers you a break on the amount of money, that is not welfare. That is simply the Government allowing you to keep more of your own money. It works the same way for a company.

    I do not like this incentive stuff and I wish all of the States would stop it. A much better incentive would be to have a Fiscally sound State and the lowest taxes in the country. That can be done, but we need to stop giving away the store to the beggar class. Let them go elsewhere for their handouts.

  • affirmativediversity Mar 12, 3:33 p.m.

    welfare for corporate America Ain't it grand!! per etasdoug

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    Yeah, your right...let's not give any businesses any incentives to relocate to North Carolina...especially those nasty big multi national corporations who pay really well...let's keep 'welfare' exclusively for the ordinary folks.

  • affirmativediversity Mar 12, 3:29 p.m.

    Looks like there's a connection to me. Moore and Van Allen ...hmmmm... sorry I applied for a job with them "back in the day" - thank God they didn't hire me too - The Lord works in mysterious ways. Too convenient, Mr. McCrory, too convenient. Try getting a business in NC that has NO connection to you whatsoever. per IPayYouPay

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    So now we're suppose to add to the list of hoops companies have to jump through before locating in North Carolina and bringing 1300 jobs is "no in in the company should know or have any contact with anyone who knows the Governor of the State"...really?

    What does it matter...seriously...do you think the 1300 people who are going to get a descent paying job give 2 hoots who McCrory may or may not have known.

    Do you really have nothing else to complain about?

  • Grand Union Mar 12, 3:01 p.m.

    "The demographics of NC are changing very, very fast. The few liberal counties around the Triangle and Metrolina are going to be the voice of the State soon in statewide and national referendums where gerrymandering has no effect."

    can't happen fast enough...the current admin is embarrassing the State.

  • IPayYouPay Mar 12, 2:25 p.m.

    Looks like there's a connection to me. Moore and Van Allen ...hmmmm... sorry I applied for a job with them "back in the day" - thank God they didn't hire me too - The Lord works in mysterious ways. Too convenient, Mr. McCrory, too convenient. Try getting a business in NC that has NO connection to you whatsoever.

  • corey3rd2 Mar 12, 2:11 p.m.

    McCrory doesn't have time to blame Perdue since he's too busy having to do exactly what Art Pope demands. He's already had one misstep that was met with an immediate slap with a ruler on his knuckles. Art Pope didn't take over North Carolina to have a puppet pull its own strings.

  • etasdoug Mar 12, 1:56 p.m.

    welfare for corporate America
    Ain't it grand!!

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