Archive for September, 2017

TEXTILES AND MANUFACTURING ISSUES

The Manufacturing Solutions Center and the Textile Technology Center are receiving contracts from the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA}, tightening the partnership between these two important resources for the industry. The directors of the centers—Sam Buff for the Textile Technology Center and Dan St. Louis for the MSC—are working closely to offer comprehensive testing and prototyping for new products that could have implications for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Our legislative agenda will include resources to expand the capabilities of the centers without duplications. This will be a busy year for the Hosiery and Textiles Governmental Affairs Council to protect and enhance the momentum of manufacturing and its economy.

The HTGAC membership season begins this month as a new election cycle cranks up. We look forward to your partnership with us. Encourage other companies to join us.

THEY LOVE RALEIGH

Before adjourning the special session last week, the Legislators adopted a resolution calling for them to return to the Capitol City in early October. The resolution authorizes the members to take up a variety of bills including impeachment. Rep. Chris Mills of Duplin County had introduced a resolution calling for the removal of veteran Secretary of State Elaine Marshall on the grounds she had approved of notary licenses to undocumented persons. Last week Mills announced his resignation effective September 15. There was no momentum behind his efforts. Legislators can address regulatory and budget issues in the upcoming October session.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY … AND WHAT’S NOT

The regular session of the North Carolina Legislature ended before the July 4 holidays, with a record budget adopted and a long list of regulatory reforms adopted. But six weeks later the lawmakers were back in session. This time it was to address the highly partisan task of redistricting and overriding vetoes from Governor Cooper. The power struggle between the legislators and the governor have cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees on both sides. And as efforts continue to strip away more power from the governor, lawyers will become richer.

Recently, the Legislature again convened to adopt new districts for House members and Senators in response to a mandate from federal judges who imposed a September 1 deadline for new election maps to eliminate the gerrymandering of minority voters into compact districts. No tinkering with the districts, the court advised. So the new maps drawn by Republicans with a super majority in both Chambers were adopted. As a result, several senators announced their retirements and will not seek re-election in 21018. At least one House member decided to move to a new community in a new district to avoid competing with an incumbent representative. But in the end, if the new maps are approved by the federal judiciary, there is likely to be few advantages for Democrats in the 2018 elections unless unexpected developments put Republicans on the defensive.