Incentives advance to the House as Chief Justice seeks critical court funding (video)

Mark Martin, Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court will address a joint session of General Assembly this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Martin will be making the case for an additional $30 million for the state’s court system.

Hours before Martin delivers his State of the Judiciary Address, the House will take up an incentives bill that would give the McCrory administration $45 million a year to attract new employers to North Carolina.

State Commerce Sec. John Skvarla told members of the House Finance Committee Tuesday incentives are an essential tool for his department.

Still several Republicans questioned the effectiveness of incentives in bringing jobs to rural North Carolina.

Rep. Johnathan Jordan told the House Finance Committee the majority of incentives were being spent in larger urban counties, not in areas like Ashe County that he represents.

“The fact that these incentives have gone historically to the wealthy counties shows you exactly what this is, which is corporate entitlements. This is welfare for corporations.”

Rockingham County Rep. Bert Jones told the committee what was needed was a better tax climate, not more incentives for a select few businesses:

“I’m not against my governor. I ask some people on my side of the aisle, Would you be jumping up behind this is Governor Perdue were still governor?”

The NC Competes Act (House Bill 117) passed the Finance Committee 30-9 and gets its first full vote on the House floor this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Chief Justice Martin will address the NC house and Senate at 4:00 p.m.

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