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Letter to Legislators Urges Support of HB 117 NC Competes Act

Dear Member of the North Carolina General Assembly,

The North Carolina League of Municipalities urges your support of House Bill 117 NC Competes Act. By infusing the state’s Job Development Investment Grant program with needed money and restoring dollars to the Site Infrastructure Development fund, this legislation supports major goals of the 540 cities and towns that make up the NCLM to keep North Carolina competitive when it comes to bringing jobs and economic development to our state.


North Carolina cannot afford to sit on the economic development sidelines as our nation’s economy continues moving forward. Our neighboring states, with their competitive economic development incentives and aggressive industrial recruiting efforts, certainly are not doing so. Ignoring this reality will result in communities across the state missing out on crucial economic development projects. Those projects mean jobs for our citizens.


The League also urges you to keep this legislation clean. As past experience has shown, encumbering incentives legislation with tax changes or unrelated funding is a sure formula for failure. 

  
North Carolinians expect their elected officials to take bold action when it comes to the most important matter before them – the creation of jobs. We hope that you will vote “yes” on House Bill 117.

Respectfully,
 
Paul Meyer
Executive Director
NC League of Municipalities

 

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Posted on March 04, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

February 27 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

It's time again to melt into another reading of this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. Move fast to find out about the Federal Communication Commission's ruling in favor of Wilson and its high-speed broadband system, and motor on over to learn the latest about the talk around transportation funding. It's all here in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.       

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Posted on February 27, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

League Applauds FCC Ruling in Wilson Broadband Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2015
Contact: Scott Mooneyham
(919) 715-9768
smooneyham@nclm.org
                                                          
FCC Ruling a Win for Wilson, North Carolina Cities and Their  Residents
League of Municipalities Applauds Lifting of Community Broadband Restrictions 
 
(RALEIGH)  -- The North Carolina League of Municipalities and its 540 member cities and towns have strongly supported efforts to make high-speed broadband available to all North Carolinians and to give municipalities the decision-making authority to help make broadband access a reality for all residents. Today’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission in support of petitions filed by the City of Wilson and the City of Chattanooga (Tenn.) providing relief from state laws that restrict expansion of successful municipal-owned broadband systems is a victory for cities and towns across the state and country. More importantly, the ruling is a victory for their residents, who require access to high-speed broadband to compete in a global, 21st century economy.

 

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Posted on February 26, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

Up Front, a message from the President

In my recent public comments in support of state Senate efforts to ensure a more stable transportation revenue stream, one of the things that I noted was how much road maintenance in North Carolina falls to cities and towns. I pointed out that cities and towns maintain the majority of road miles within their borders, over 22,000 in all. With cities and towns spending $600 million on transportation and roads annually, that means state Powell Bill money is covering roughly a quarter of that spending.

 

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Posted on February 25, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

February 20 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Skate on over -- don't fall now -- and read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. You can see how the ice and snow nearly froze action at the General Assembly this week. It did not stop 63 House members from signing onto redistricting reform legislation. And it didn't prevent House members from weighing in on a Senate gas tax plan. So, don't be cool. Find out about that and more in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin

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Posted on February 20, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

February 13 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Have a heart and read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. OK, it might not be as fun as Valentine's Day with your sweetheart, but you can find out about the gas tax proposal from the Senate and the League's backing of the plan. And as you are putting out some cash for flowers and a card, just be thankful that you aren't the state and facing a big revenue shortfall. Take a look at that and more, and fall in love with this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on February 13, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

Up Front, a message from the President

One of the things that you recognize being involved in the advocacy efforts of the League is just how quickly policy initiatives and legislation can move in the state.  This week, state Senate leaders unveiled a gas tax proposal that would provide an initial cut to the tax while creating  a long-term floor to the tax that ensures more stable transportation revenues going forward. The bill ought to prevent municipalities’ Powell Bill funds from substantially eroding in 2016 and beyond because of declining gas prices, even if those funds take a hit in the coming fiscal year.

Senate leaders unveiled their plan at a meeting on Monday night that included Governmental Affairs Director Rose Williams. They wanted the League’s support for the plan (and that of some other groups for whom transportation dollars are crucial), knowing there would be some critics and that passing this kind of legislation could prove difficult. It was a pretty easy decision. The gas tax floor and the more stable revenue stream it will create support a handful of League legislative goals calling for transportation and infrastructure investment, and without some legislative action, falling gas prices were going to mean less transportation dollars in the future.

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Posted on February 11, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

League of Municipalities Applauds Senate Effort to Protect Transportation Infrastructure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2015
Contact: Scott Mooneyham
(919) 715-9768
smooneyham@nclm.org                                                          
 
Senate Proposal Will Bring Stability to Transportation Funding
League of Municipalities Applauds Effort to Protect Transportation Infrastructure 
 
(RALEIGH)  -- The North Carolina League of Municipalities and its 540 member cities and towns have been ardent advocates of crucial investment in transportation infrastructure that keeps the state’s economy strong. The Senate proposal released today, SB 20 IRC Update/Motor Fuels Tax Changes, is a critical step to protect transportation funding even as state leaders continue to explore long-term solutions for infrastructure needs.

NCLM President and Burlington Mayor Ronnie Wall issued the following statement in support of the Senate legislation:
 
“We applaud this proposal from the Senate and its leaders. These measures, working in concert, will provide much needed stability to transportation revenue in the state while delivering a boost for consumers and the North Carolina economy. Strong transportation networks are essential to a strong economy. Cities and towns maintain the majority of road miles within their borders, over 22,000 miles in all, at a cost of over $600 million per year. Municipalities rely on state Powell Bill funds to support roughly a quarter of this spending.”
 

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Posted on February 10, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

ACTION ALERT: Contact Legislators to Support SB 20 IRC Update/Motor Fuel Tax Changes

Please contact your House and Senate members to express your support for SB 20 IRC Update/Motor Fuel Tax Changes. Earlier today, Senate leaders rolled out this legislation, which is crucial to the stability of transportation revenues, and the Senate Finance and Appropriations committees each gave their approval to the bill. The legislation is expected to be considered on the Senate floor on Wednesday and Thursday, before moving to the House for consideration.
 
The bill will very quickly cut the state motor fuels tax by 2.5 cents per gallon, but subsequently create a new, higher floor for the tax which should provide stability for the transportation revenue stream going forward. As you are aware, cities and towns maintain the majority of road miles within their borders, and roughly one quarter of the money spent for this purpose comes from state Powell Bill funds. If the gas tax remains unchanged, it is expected to fall by as much as 6 to 8 cents per gallon, as it is pegged to wholesale fuel prices. This will lead to an overall drop in transportation dollars of $300 to $400 million, with a significant decrease in Powell Bill money, which was $147 million last year.

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Posted on February 10, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

February 6 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

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Posted on February 06, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

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