Governor Pat McCrory issued a video press release Friday afternoon announcing his decision not to call the Legislature back for a special session.
“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. And after a lengthy session they need a break, and frankly, I need a break from them,” the governor quipped.
“However, if a major job recruitment effort develops and it requires legislative support, I will bring lawmakers back to Raleigh.”
Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) and Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) wrote to McCrory in late August requesting a special session so legislators could pass an economic development bill, extend film tax credits, and reconsider a $20 million catalyst or closing fund.
State Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker also backed the idea of the special session. Decker told the state’s economic development board last month she had already heard that several TV shows and film projects may be backing out of North Carolina because of the changes to the tax credit program for the film industry.
Americans for Prosperity had urged McCrory to ignore those appeals and not have lawmakers return to Raleigh this fall.