Archive for December, 2016

WISHING YOU THE BEST

Crisis come and go, legislative battles (and legislators) fade into the past, and the government pendulum swings from decade to decade and election to election. But the human spirit during the holidays endures. Enjoy the season for all it is worth. And let’s look forward to a successful New Year.

LEGISLATIVE DAY—MARCH 15

Hosiery and Textiles Day at the Legislature is on the General Assembly Calendar. The format includes breakfast in the cafeteria for representatives and senators and then visits to legislative leaders and appropriations chairs. Mark your calendar: we need industry participation.

COOPER TO TAKE OATH JANUARY 1

It will be Governor Roy Cooper on New Year’s Day, 2017. After more than a month of challenges and recounts, Gov. Pat McCrory conceded after it was determined that Cooper won by a razor-thin margin of just over 10,000 votes. Just as McCrory had his challenges with the General Assembly, Cooper will have even greater confrontations. Republican legislators have numbers to override any veto. Some senators privately commented this week that the leadership is committed to making Cooper a “one term governor.” Divided government appears to be in North Carolina’s future. And while the legislators have the votes and control of the budgets, the governor has the bully pulpit and access to the media with the power to speak out.

The governor has broad authority to appoint department heads and board members with jurisdiction to over election boards, environmental policies, education, and economic development. Business executives, including those in hosiery and textiles manufacturing, will be watching appointments and the structure for the Department of Commerce and its Economic Development Partnership.

HOLIDAY CHEER FOR DISASTER VICTIMS

North Carolina legislators in a special session this week overwhelmingly approved funds to help victims of recent disasters. House and Senate members backed distribution of state funds for victims of Hurricane Matthew which swept across eastern North Carolina and also those who lost homes and businesses in the recent wildfires in the western part of the state.

Outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory personally appeared before the Appropriation Committee which approved $200 million in funds to help communities with restoration of public services, housing, and infrastructure repairs. Some $66 million will be matched with federal funds totally almost $300 million. Legislators were told that another round of appropriations is expected in the early weeks of the regular session in 2017 but no estimate was given.