Posted on October 17, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on October 10, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on October 03, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
It's that time of the year again - the North Carolina League of Municipalities is accepting applications for all four of our policy committees, and we want YOU to join us! The policy committees receive the latest legislative updates, hear specialized presentations from political leaders, and most importantly guide the League's policy development process. So, whether you're an expert in any of the municipal issues below, or you just want to learn more about the topics and enjoy the legislative process, we have a committee that is perfect for you! All committees are open to municipal elected officials and staff, with terms lasting two years.
The best news of all -- it's easy to apply! Just fill out this form no later than October 31, 2014. You can email it to LeagueLINC@nclm.org, fax it to (919) 301-1012, or best of all, drop it off in-person at the League's CityVision 2014 annual conference!
Posted on October 01, 2014 by Cara Bridges
Posted on September 26, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on September 19, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on September 15, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on September 05, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
After hearing concerns expressed by cities and towns from across the state, the League this morning delivered a letter to Governor Pat McCrory calling for a special legislative session to consider crucial funding for economic development programs and the extension of film and historic preservation tax credits. As Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo so succinctly put it, "The elimination of key economic development programs and incentives puts the livelihood and economic competitiveness of our state in great peril."
The need for legislative action is real. Legislators had the opportunity to approve stand-alone jobs recruiting legislation, as well as a stand-alone film and historic preservation tax credit bill. Instead, these proposals became entangled in other legislation, and legislators left Raleigh without approving programs critical to bringing in new jobs and maintaining existing jobs.
In the letter urging Governor McCrory to convene a special legislative session, the League asked that he specifically limit the session -- as the State Constitution allows him to do -- to Commerce Department-related jobs recruiting programs and film and historic preservation tax credits. The letter to McCrory can be seen here
; a separate letter from Mayor Saffo asking all North Carolinians to join in the call for a special session to address these issues can be viewed here
North Carolina and its municipalities, which are so vital to the state's economic growth, cannot afford a timeout when it comes to job recruiting and job creation. The state faces the real possibility that Commerce Department programs critical to inducing new businesses to come here will run out of money, even as large employers weigh North Carolina communities as potential business sites against communities in other states. Many cities and towns also face the possibility of seeing historic rehabilitation projects, with the potential to create hundreds or even thousands of jobs in total, falling apart without historic preservation tax credits. And the loss of film tax credits will mean the loss of film and TV production jobs.
Please contact Governor McCrory's office and your Legislators to ask them to support a special legislative session to take up these measures so essential to economic development and job creation.
Posted on September 04, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham
Please find linked below the League's 2014 End of Session Bulletin, featuring an in-depth look at the accomplishments of cities and towns during the past legislative session, as well as the legislation and issues affecting them. This document includes summaries of dozens of bills that the League lobbied during the session. Click the link below to access all 50 pages of the End of Session Bulletin.
2014 END OF SESSION BULLETIN
Posted on September 04, 2014 by Government Affairs Team
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