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Thank you for visiting the Legislative Advocacy home page of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Here you will find all the latest updates on pending legislation, issues of importance to municipalities, regulatory affairs, League events and more.

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Thank you for your interest in the League’s legislative activity, and check back frequently for more updates.

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March 27 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Get ready to redistribute a little time to make room for reading this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. You'll find more on a Senate proposal to redistribute sales tax revenue among cities and counties. And there's some history to go over as the House approves a new plan for historic preservation tax credits and the Senate considers restrictions on rental registration programs. That and lots, lots more is here in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on March 27, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Legislators Regarding SB 369 Sales Tax Fairness Act

SB 369 Sales Tax Fairness Act, a proposal to rework how sales taxes are distributed in North Carolina, was filed last night, and as anticipated, will create winners and losers when it comes to how much counties and the municipalities in them receive in sales tax revenues. The legislation also would  convert the $2.2 billion in local sales taxes to a state tax over three years, meaning a local allocation would be subject to state control.
 
League staff is involved in ongoing discussions with the bill sponsor, Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville, about the effects of the bill and appreciates his concerns for the financial plight of rural communities.

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Posted on March 24, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

Up Front, a message from the President

Sometimes there is some good stuff in numbers. I thought I would take some time to reflect on a few from last week’s Town Hall Day. Once all was said and done, 408 municipal officials participated in the day’s events. That evening, we were joined by 54 legislators at our closing reception. Also, joining us there were three cabinet secretaries and two Court of Appeals judges. One more number to consider: two. That is the number of people who head the chambers of the General Assembly, which corresponds to the number who joined us for a discussion in the Legislative Auditorium.

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Posted on March 24, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

March 20 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Don't be green with envy if you didn't make it to Raleigh for Town Hall Day. You can read about those who walked the Legislative Building halls wearing their League green in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. The Governor was there, along with legislative leaders, but of course, the news didn't stop with Town Hall Day. There was also plenty affecting cities and towns going on in the legislative committee rooms. Find out about it all in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.  

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Posted on March 20, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

March 13 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

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Posted on March 13, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

Up Front, a message from the President

Town Hall Day is just a week away, and that has been the big focus of the League’s staff in recent days. With a meeting of the NCLM Board of Directors the day before, we are hoping for a big presence in Raleigh. So what goes into this kind of event? Speakers have to be lined up (Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are among the confirmed speakers for the day); issue briefs put together; various aspects of media coverage lined up and facilitated; event planning involves a host of logistics.

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Posted on March 11, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

March 6 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

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Posted on March 07, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

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

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