Paul Fogleman,

A bill that puts in the General Statutes the ability of the Manufacturing Solutions Center to use earned income for expanding and upgrading its services without going through the Division of Purchasing and Contracts was approved this week by the House Committee on Community Colleges. The center has enjoyed this exemption over the past several years by special provisions in the state budget. Dan St. Louis, MSC director, and Paul Fogleman, lobbyist appeared before the committee Tuesday to explain the need for the exemption. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Jay Adams of Hickory. The bill must also clear the Appropriations Committee before going to the full House. A companion bill for Senate consideration has been filed by Sen. Jerry Tillman of Randolph County.

The Textile Technology Center is exempted by Legislation approved three years ago.

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