Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and newly elected House Speaker Tim Moore fielded questions about their expectations for the session at a news conference Wednesday.
They spoke only in general terms, promising to continue efforts they think will improve the economy and said they would keep their promise to bring starting teacher pay up to $35,000 a year. Whittling away at tax and regulatory roadblocks will be the guiding light, they said.
Berger said regulatory changes would be good for business but would also keep environmental protections in place.
He said sales tax and corporate income tax collections are up, but individual income taxes are lagging behind projections.
“There’s support in the House and Senate for doing everything we can to make North Carolina a competitive place,” Berger said, adding that doesn’t necessarily mean incentives.