Today @NCCapitol (Aug. 26): Jobs announcement pending as budget standoff continues

Posted August 26, 2015

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— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Wednesday, Aug. 26. Here's what's going on at the General Assembly and around state government.

JOBS: Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to make a significant jobs announcement in the Clayton area of Johnston County, according to a news release from his office. Although that event isn't until 2 p.m., two meetings earlier in the day appear linked to the announcement.

The state's Economic Investment Committee, which approves Job Development Investment Grant funding and other state incentives, will meet in the morning. Then, at 12:30 p.m., the Johnston County Board of Commissioners will meet. The meeting notice for the commissioners says it will be a joint meeting with the Clayton Town Council and will address the pending project.

"A company intends to construct production facilities and hire several hundred full-time employees to work there," according to the notice. "The company has proposed locating the project in Johnston County in exchange for certain economic incentives."

The notice goes on to say that "options have been secured to acquire title to approximately 95 acres of real property in the County for the company’s future expansion space at a purchase price of approximately $2,200,000. The County will fund the purchase with general county funds over the next 5 fiscal years and a $350,000 investment by the Johnston County Economic Development Corporation." The notice also says the county may finance the purchase.

The $2.2 million property will be leased to the company with an option to purchase if the company commits to hiring "several hundred" new workers and makes improvements that will add value to the county's tax roll.

STILL NO BUDGET: House and Senate lawmakers were meeting Tuesday, but there is still no budget agreement. Lawmakers said Tuesday they expect to roll out their third temporary spending measure of the year this week to keep government operating through Sept. 15.

ADVOCATES: Working America and Action NC, a pair of worker advocacy groups, will hold a news conference with lawmakers at 11 a.m. to urge the General Assembly to pass legislation to help women in the workplace.

COMMITTEES: House Judiciary III will take up measures clarifying evidence laws for school bus cameras that catch people speeding past a stop-arm.

HOUSE: The state House is scheduled to take up a bill that regulates Uber and other ride-sharing services. WRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live online. Check the Video Central box on the homepage.

SENATE: Senators are scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. They have one measure on their calendar that would increase the number of job contacts workers drawing unemployment must make each week.


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