BUDGET WRITER QUITS

Paul Fogleman,

Rep. Bryan Holloway, Stokes County Republican and past budget chair, has resigned from the House of Representatives. He will become a lobbyist for the N.C. School Boards Association.

Rep. Holloway began his House tenure in 2004 and rose up the ranks when Republicans won control of the House in 2010. He was one of three co-chairs for the House Appropriations Committee on Education. Earlier this year, he made an unsuccessful bid for House Speaker. Demotions followed, as is the custom. He was denied a top chairman position.

Holloway is a pro-business, moderate Republican, who was a school teacher. He was a supporter of appropriations for business-driven efforts including the Manufacturing Solutions Center and the Textile Technology Center.

REVOLUTIONARY CHANGES? WELL, MAYBE…

As a freshman legislator, Rep. Gary Pendleton of Wake County was surprised—often stunned—at the workings and climate in the General Assembly. Long, unproductive days and weeks after the opening of the session, conflicts between the House and Senate, grumbling about low pay for legislators…all led Rep. Pendleton, a retired brigadier general, to conclude there has to be a better way. Since the close of the 2015 session, he has started a campaign to bring major changes to North Carolina’s legislative body.

Rep. Pendleton is attempting to organize a bipartisan group to develop a proposal that would go to North Carolina voters. He wants expand the term of legislators to four years. Now, with only two years, lawmakers are raising money for the next election immediately after taking the oath of office. This could require a constitutional amendment. He also would raise the base pay for legislators to $20,000 from the current $13,200. (They still get $107 per diem pay seven days a week while in session.) Sessions in odd-number years –so-called long sessions—would be limited to 90 days and even-year sessions limited to 60 days. Again, a constitutional amendment would be required.

Pendleton has recruited well-known political figures to his cause, including Phil Kirk, chief of staff for several governors and for Sen. James T. Broyhill. Business leaders from the Raleigh-Durham area and Charlotte also are working with Pendleton, according to reports.

No top leaders from the current House or Senate are identified as proponents.

SYFA MEETING

More than 100 textile executives and marketers will gather in Charlotte tomorrow and Friday for the biannual marketing conference of the Synthetic Yarn and Fibers Association. Speakers this sessions will lead presentations on “Hot Textile Technorlogies.” Innovations in performance products will be included. This conference is a “must” for regional manufacturers and supply chain companies.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME

The Hosiery and Textiles Governmental Affairs Council now is conducting its 2016 membership campaign. We appreciate the renewals and are urging members to help us recruit new companies. The council is dedicated to the preservation of state financial support for the N.C. Textile Technology Center and the Manufacturing Solutions Center. The HTGAC agenda also includes a focus on tax and regulatory bills that affect the profitability of the industries.

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