Archive for September, 2016

YOU CAN HELP

Your contributions to HOSEPAC will enable us to help those members who have stepped up for our industries and our legislative initiatives. Contributions must be personal—companies cannot contribute. Please send contributions to Hosepac, P.O. Box 1708, Hickory, NC 28603.

HEAVY LIFTING AHEAD

The federal courts forced the Republican-dominated legislature to redraw congressional districts for the upcoming election and it is expected another mandate from the courts will require legislative districts to be revamped. The courts have written communications indicating that race was considered by GOP lawmakers in the redistricting process in 2011. Republicans will remain in control in the next session but with smaller majorities in the House and Senate. Also, there will be wholesale changes in the leadership due to resignations.

The HTGAC has supporters on both sides of the aisle. In January a new Legislature with dozens of new members will convene. There will be significant changes.

WE HEAR FROM LEGISLATORS

Rep. Chris Malone of Wake County and Rep. Billy Richardson of Cumberland County have contacted the HTGAC offices to reinterate their support of our efforts to remove the $80 franchise tax imposed on new manufacturing equipment. Removal of the tax would cost the state $12 million out of a $22 billion budget. Our argument is that nothing should penalize hosiery and textile mills that are updating capabilities for 21st century manufacturing. Roy Cooper affirmed his support for removal in a discussion during a campaign stop in Hickory.

NORTH CAROLINA ON THE CUSP

With the historic 2016 general elections less than 60 days ahead, polls are showing North Carolina is moving from purple to blue—especially in the gubernatorial race. Most recently, the University of Virginia Center for Politics mved the state from “toss-up” to “leans Democrat.” Other polls, including the Public Policy Poll, report voters favor Attorney General Roy Cooper by 7 percentage points over incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory. Most pollsters and media personalities point to HB2, the so-called bathrooms bill, as the turning point. Others suggest that Donald Trump’s embracing of Russian President Vladimir Putin has damaged the GOP brand this year.

The state’s business community was pulled into the HB2 affray when Gov. McCrory reported that the N.C. Chamber had participated in the drafting of the bill. Chamber President Lew Ebert strongly denied the report. The bill included provisions that restricted the rights of employees to sue companies for illegal practices and discrimination.