McCrory sets a deadline—and a few other interesting quotes of the week
It looks like Governor Pat McCrory is getting tired of the back and forth about tax reform. Travis Fain with the Greensboro News & Record reports that McCrory gave lawmakers a deadline of sorts during his visit to Jamestown this morning.
The clock is ticking on tax reform, and if state leaders cannot reach an agreement over the next two weeks the issue should probably be set aside for now, Gov. Pat McCrory said during a local visit this morning.
McCrory’s comments come after Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca openly complained about McCrory’s office being involved in the tax cut negotiations. Here’s how the News & Observer reported that.
One impediment in the tax deal is apparently McCrory’s office. “It’s kind of difficult to negotiate with three bodies instead of two,” Apodaca said. “The House and Senate seem to do a pretty good job; sometimes it’s difficult to have to negotiate with the governor’s office.”
As interesting as Apocada taking a shot at his own governor might be, hands down the quote of the week came from political consultant Paul Shumaker, now working for the Tillis for U.S. Senate campaign.
Here’s what Shumaker told AP when the reporters asked about a fundraiser for Tillis held by the consumer finance industry less than a week after state lawmakers passed legislation allowing lenders to jack up their interest rates.
Tillis campaign spokesman Paul Shumaker said Monday there is no problem with the House speaker raising money for his Senate run from donors with business pending before the state legislature.
Whew. Thanks Mr. Shumaker. For a second there, it seemed awfully shady.