2017-2018 Legislative Agenda

 

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Job Creation

  • Support initiatives designed to attract and retain jobs and investment including:
    • Continuation and expansion of the Jobs Development Investment Grant program.
    • Continuation of a “closing fund”.
    • Funding for the state’s role in economic development.
  • Support funding for the arts, travel, tourism, professional sports and other things that make North Carolina attractive from an economic development perspective.
  • Support actions to ensure adequate and diverse supply of energy and promote regulatory tools to manage cost and rate impact to customers.
  • Support North Carolina’s Right to Work laws for private and public employees.
  • Support building upon the reforms of workforce training and retraining programs included in the 2013 Unemployment Insurance Reform.
  • Support the continuation of a renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standard.
  • Support efforts that encourage, and don’t limit high-growth small business enterprises such as the fin tech, energy, advanced manufacturing, and craft beer industries.

Taxes

  • Support a NC tax code that has a positive overall impact on economic growth. Key factors: NC needs a competitive tax position which provides certainty and limits taxes on business to business services.
  • Support efforts to encourage economic development opportunities in rural counties while safeguarding current local sales tax and related revenues.
  • Support a change in the tax code to make the jet fuel tax exemption permanent in North Carolina.

Transportation

  • Support the Strategic Transportation Investments program for prioritization of transportation funding.
  • Retain and secure funding for the completion of major transportation projects in the Charlotte region including: the Monroe Bypass, an additional connection between Gaston and Mecklenburg over the Catawba River, and widening of I-77 throughout the Charlotte region.
  • Support continued efforts to complete our regional public transportation vision.
  • Support efforts to enhance funding from existing transportation revenue sources (gas tax) through alternative methods for additional funding for roads and transit such as tolls, public private partnerships , design-build financing and through additional revenue sources.
  • Support funding for capital improvements at commercial service airports.

Regulatory Reform

  • Support continued efforts to reform NC’s laws and regulations to encourage economic growth.
  • Support the study of laws and regulations pertaining to data security.
  • Support zoning regulation reforms that would encourage investment and growth in commercial and residential development.
  • Support policies that promote innovation and new opportunities in the “sharing economy” such as through uniform statewide regulations to encourage transportation and lodging alternatives while protecting public safety.
  • Support policies that promote private sector investment in next generation broadband technologies and infrastructure critical to accelerating our 21st century economy.
  • Support review and consideration of funding for the judicial system in North Carolina.

Education

  • Support efforts to improve Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte including:
    • Support continued reform of the teacher compensation system to make N.C. more competitive.
    • Support the continued funding of classroom enrollment growth in pre-K, K-12, community colleges and universities.
    • Support efforts to reform K-12, community colleges and universities to allow for local flexibility in items such as: managing budget issues; recruiting, retraining, and promoting the best talent; and creating innovation for academic success.
    • Support maintaining high standards for academic achievement that aid in the development of a competitive workforce.
    • Support funding for a permanent building for the highly successful CMS early colleges at UNC Charlotte; the Charlotte Engineering Early College and the Charlotte Teacher Early College. High school students receive college credit in the high demand STEM and teaching fields to address Charlotte’s talent pipeline.