McCrory says he will not call special session on jobs

Posted September 12, 2014

Gov. Pat McCrory

— Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that he will not call lawmakers back to Raleigh for a special session on economic development unless there is a specific deal on the table.

"It would be counterproductive and a waste of taxpayer money to bring the General Assembly back when there is no agreement in place on issues already voted on," McCrory said, adding that, "after a lengthy session, they need a break. And frankly, I need a break from them."

House and Senate lawmakers battled over a variety of measures designed to retain and recruit businesses during their summer session. Although McCrory is a Republican, and Republicans control both the House and Senate, the governor and leaders of either chamber did not see eye-to-eye on many of these measures.

For example, McCrory had sought a $20 million job catalyst fund that would help his administration land large projects. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has also said that lawmakers needed to put more money into the state's Job Development Investment Grant program, money used to help recruit businesses that meet certain thresholds.

Decker had told lawmakers during the session that she needed help closing some "significant" economic development deals.

"If, however, a major job recruitment effort develops, and it requires legislative support, I will bring lawmakers back to Raleigh," McCrory said.

Conservative lawmakers were uncomfortable with some of these proposals. When they've been on the campaign trail, conservatives generally have opposed programs that turn taxpayer dollars over to private companies, and during the legislative session, many Republicans pointed out the conflicts between the campaign rhetoric and those bills.

After the session ended without a broad deal on economic development, various groups have been putting pressure on the governor to recall lawmakers.

The North Carolina League of Municipalities, for example, called on McCrory to ask lawmakers to consider both broad-based recruitment measures as well as renewing a tax credit that helps communities across the state convert aging mill buildings to modern uses.

As well, advocates for the film industry have pushed lawmakers to reconsider a decision to end a tax credit program that helped lure major motion picture productions and television shows to the state.

"Obviously, these issues are important for the cities and towns across the state," said Paul Meyer, executive director of the N.C. League of Municipalities. He said members of his group, which is comprised of cities across North Carolina, have been worried the state won't be able to help close deals local leaders have put together to keep a business or land a new one.

"There are communities across the state that have projects that are sitting on the doorstep right now," he said. Community leaders, he said, are worried they could miss out on a deal if the money and programs aren't in place to help land a pending project.

Others are pleased by the governor's decisions.

"The time for corporate welfare and special interest handouts is ending in North Carolina," said Donald Bryson, state director for Americans for Prosperity, a national nonprofit group that has been active in campaigns and pressuring lawmakers to end incentive programs. "Special sessions of this type may have happened in the past, but Governor McCrory made the right decision to not waste taxpayer money on a special session, and allow further debate on the issue of state incentives."


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  • jaybird2974 Sep 17, 2014

    No they better not spend no more of my tax dollars on a special session. They did stupid stuff like a ban on Sharia Law when they should have been doing what they lied to me just to get elected "Jobs". NC Goverment is a joke never ever again. I was fooled only once.

  • Objective Scientist Sep 15, 2014

    McCrory will not call special session... McCrory has done/has accomplished little since becoming Governor. He spoke so much of leadership - LEADERSHIP - during his campaign... yet he has failed to demonstrate any leadership! Am I Democrat simply "trashing" the Republican Governor? NO! I am a very long time INDEPENDENT... VERY INDEPENDENT. I thought Bev Perdue may well be the worst Gov in the history of NC... at least modern history NC. But... McCrory is thus far right there with Bev! I agree with Sa-Sa-Sa-Sadie... the Dems point the finger of blame for EVERYTHING, and the Repubs return the favor. Political ads... people... please discard your blatant partisanship and USE YOUR MIND! THINK! Tillis currently has an ad on TV, as does Hagen - both address NC teachers and public schools. If one of those ads is true... the other is a flat-out LIE! The electorate should not tolerate such shenanigans by either party. Actually, each ad likely has both truths and lies!

  • USMC Vet Sep 15, 2014

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    Those who constantly blame one party or the other while constantly voting for just one party or the other are the reason this country is falling apart.

    Until the majority of voters come to the realization that both parties are crooked and few politicians within them care about US, nothing will change here either - and it's sad.

  • USMC Vet Sep 15, 2014

    Lord, how I detest I wasted a vote on this guy, but the other guy wasn't great either.
    Sure wish one party or the other would start coming up with candidates actually worthy of our votes.

  • heelhawk Sep 15, 2014

    One of the major initiatives that McCrory ran his campaign on was jobs and now he can't even get that done when both houses of the General Assembly have a GOP majority. Time to get a leader in the governor's mansion instead of a puppet.

  • recontwice Sep 15, 2014

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    The only job mc crory is worried about is his own!!

  • archmaker Sep 15, 2014

    The key term being "seven NC cities."
    That would be 7 cities all run by Democrats, while the rural counties are losing both jobs and population.

  • JoeF Sep 13, 2014

    Betcha McCrory would call a special session if Art Pope, the-behind-the-curtain puppet master--ordered it.

  • aecaldwell1 Sep 13, 2014

    just vote people 2016 and all things will not be the same.

  • Gork Sep 13, 2014

    Who among you believe "Americans for Prosperity" is most interested in the welfare of North Carolina?