Governor Pat McCrory was clear two months ago about what he wanted the General Assembly to do as soon as the session convened–pass business incentive legislation. Here’s what he told the N.C. Chamber in early January.
Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday that the state legislature must fund incentives “in a matter of weeks” or North Carolina could lose companies looking to bring jobs here…..
“I do not have the tools that I need,” he said. “I need you to help me work with the General Assembly. That has to be the No. 1 priority in the first two weeks of this legislature.”
The state’s funding for job-creation grants is running on empty, and McCrory had even considered bringing the legislature back to Raleigh in December to act on the issue.
“I cannot be at the negotiating table without knowing what we have in North Carolina to negotiate with,” he said. “I am talking with major job creators right now, and I need these tools.”
When the bill came to the Senate on Monday night, leaders sent it to the Rules Committee. A trip to Rules can sometime be an indication that a measure is on the fast track, but for other bills, the committee is a place to languish unheard.Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca made clear this was not a fast-track sort of assignment.“We’ve had a discussion about rank and file can accept in terms of an economic development bill, and, to say this bill pushes that limit is an understatement,” said Apodaca, R-Henderson.