In a video posted online Sept. 19, Gov. Pat McCrory announced he wouldn’t call legislators back to Raleigh this year to consider new economic-development incentives or extend existing tax-credit programs. He left the door open, however, to summon the General Assembly if a “major job-recruitment effort develops and it requires legislative support.”
Not everyone was smiling after watching the video. Here are a few thoughts about the governor’s decision not to compel a special session.
But the governor resisted, saying it would be “counterproductive and a waste of taxpayer money to bring the General Assembly back when there is no agreement in place” on the incentives issues.
“I’d like to know how the governor hopes to finance teacher raises if there’s no commerce going on in this state,” Rep. Susi Hamilton, a Wilmington Democrat, told the Wilmington StarNews.
The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, however, praised the governor. “The time for corporate welfare and special interest handouts is ending in North Carolina,” said Donald Bryson, AFP’s North Carolina director.
We’ll see what happens next year. But McCrory didn’t feel the need to do it now.
Patrick Gannon is a syndicated columnist who writes about state government and politics.