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Today @NCCapitol (March 14): Game on for stadium bill

Posted March 14, 2013

— Good morning and welcome to Today @NCCapitol for Thursday, March 14. This is WRAL's roundup of what you need to know about North Carolina state government this morning.

PANTHERS: A bill that would allow the City of Charlotte to use existing local taxes to pay for improvements to the Panthers football stadium is in the House Government Committee today. It's one of nine bills on the committee's 10 a.m. calendar. 

The NFL franchise has asked for millions in taxpayer funding to upgrade its stadium, a request that has been embraced by city officials but largely rebuffed by state-level officials. Both House Speaker Thom Tillis and Gov. Pat McCrory have said state taxpayers should not put money toward the stadium.

The measure on today's committee agenda – as it is currently drafted – does not create any new taxes or pledge state support. Rather, it merely allows Charlotte to re-purpose existing taxes. 

THE REST OF THURSDAY AT THE NCGA: The House floor session will be a skeleton session with no votes taken. The Senate has only one local bill on the agenda. And aside from House Government, there is only the usual crop of 8:30 a.m. budget subcommittee meetings on tap for the day. 

MCCRORY: Gov. Pat McCrory is on the road today, stopping at the Southeastern Venture Conference in Charlotte and touring downtown Hickory at 3 p.m. UPDATE: Just after 9 a.m. this morning, McCrory's press office sent word he had cancelled his public appearances for today. 

The Wrap @NCCapitol (March 13) The Wrap @NCCapitol (March 13) WRAP: Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and reporter Mark Binker review Wednesday's action at the General Assembly The Wrap @NCCapitol

APPOINTED: State Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced Tuesday that former House Speaker Pro Tem Dale Folwell will become her assistant secretary of employment security.

ESC: Folwell will take over an enterprise that has come in for frequent criticism, the most recent of which hit Wednesday. The state Division of Employment Security continues to trail the rest of the nation in determining who is eligible for unemployment benefits, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. The state was accurate in only 12 percent of cases for initial eligibility, down from 27 percent a year ago, federal records show.

PRAYER: As the ACLU launches another lawsuit against a county for sectarian prayers, lawmakers show no signs of backing off their practice of offering explicitly Christian prayers to open their sessions. 

WEDNESDAY: In legislative action on Wednesday: 

 NULLIFICATION: "Interest in challenging Washington is booming....States’ rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s focused on civil rights, and more recent efforts have been driven by the Second Amendment. Today’s movement is broadening into new subjects, from drugs and health care to homeland security. As the perception of an ever-growing Washington has flourished, so has the drive to push back on more fronts and in novel ways," reports Stateline.

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  • ahoyraleigh Mar 14, 11:21 a.m.

    nmays: Congressman José Serrano (D-NY) introduced House Joint Resolution 15 which would remove the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

    Since you're either too biased or lazy to add more information, let me help you out.

    H.J.Res. 15 proposes repealing presidential term limits. Rep. Serrano (D-NY), the resolution's sponsor, has proposed similar legislation in every congressional session since 1997 --- during the tenure of presidents from both parties. None of the resolutions has ever made it to a floor vote.

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hjres15#summary/oursummary

    Kind of puts a damper on your whole, Obama wants to rule forever notion

  • Road-wearier Mar 14, 10:49 a.m.

    More corporate welfare from the GOP. Period.

  • nmays Mar 14, 10:30 a.m.

    Congressman José Serrano (D-NY) introduced House Joint Resolution 15 which would remove the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

    H.J.Res.15 titled "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President"was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 4th.

  • corey3rd2 Mar 14, 10:11 a.m.

    We're giving money to MetLife to subsidize the salaries of people who aren't even going to move to North Carolina, but remain in Lowell, MA (even though they'll be appointed to the Charlotte office), why not just throw money at the stadium? Why act so Holy now?

  • Bartmeister Mar 14, 10:09 a.m.

    Why not hit up the SC towns that are just across the border? I'm sure they benefit more from the Panthers than the NC people not in the Charlotte metro area.

    =============================================

    It's a State issue. And yeah, they're gonna discount your tickets cause you're a taxpayer. Jeeze, where do you peeps come from? Is middle school out today?

  • Bartmeister Mar 14, 10:05 a.m.

    The story said LOCAL TAXES, meaning Charlotte Mecklenburg taxes, not the State's tax base. For the Einstein's posting about how bad the team is, it has nothing to do with how good or bad the team is........it's about the team being there and the revenue it draws to the area. If that team moves, what's the upside? You saved a few dollars on tax expenditures? Besides, nothing mentioned about the team moving, just assumptions. McCrory is against it so no biggie.

  • OleNCNative Mar 14, 10:00 a.m.

    you care to back that up with proof?

    oakcity

    There is no proof, because it won't happen. Clinton 2016! :-)

  • Reformed Liberal Mar 14, 9:56 a.m.

    Tell you what. You let my tax money go to fund some fool's ball, I will go back to the unemployment line.

  • ech Mar 14, 9:55 a.m.

    If they are asking for Millions of dollars of tax payers money to upgrade, does that mean that they will discount my tickets since I'm a tax payer? If not let them play in the poor stadium that they are in and if they threaten to leave I'l help them pack. then maybe we can get a real team in this state that can make the playoffs once in a while.

  • thebaldguy Mar 14, 9:53 a.m.

    If the Panthers can afford to pay the salaries they do, they can afford their own improvements. Why not hit up the SC towns that are just across the border? I'm sure they benefit more from the Panthers than the NC people not in the Charlotte metro area.

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