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Gov. McCrory Concludes Sylva/Dillsboro Visit

Governor McCrory Hosts the Roundtable Discussion

Governor McCrory Hosts the Roundtable Discussion

Gorvernor Pat McCrory visited Sylva, North Carolina today, and met with business leaders at local industries as well as had a discussion with regional leaders and citizens. The Governor’s visit began with a tour of Jackson Paper Company where he spoke with both executives and mill workers to get a better understanding on how the company has coped during the recent economic decline. Following the visit at Jackson Paper, the Governor hosted a round table discussion forum at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro. Nearly 40 invited guests were on hand to hear the governor speak and ask him questions. Governor McCrory began the roundtable event with the following opening statement, “You know, what I want to do is first of all, I am here to have conversation with you. I’m not here to give a speech and we’ve got business leaders in here, we’ve got republicans, democrats, and independents here in this room and I want to welcome all of you. This is about governing and this is about leading now.” He went on to say, “For the people of Jackson County and Sylva, I’ve said it in 2008, this is one of my two favorite towns in North Carolina.” “I love the Main Street here.” During the 45 minute roundtable discussion the Governor touched on questions across a wide range of topics, including taxes, spending, state hiring practices, health care for the mentally ill and the tourism industry. When asked about criticism he has received regarding the states education budget, the Governor replied, “I want to also let you know, despite what you read, K through 12 spending is the largest this budget has ever been in North Carolina history.” WRGC’s had the opportunity to sit down with the Governor and ask how hi tour of the Jackson Paper Company went and why he chose to visit. “One is, I went to that company back in 08′ when I was running for governor and I wanted to see what’s changed since 08′ and what some of their challenges are. I want to get feedback from the industries that are making things. We’ve got to continue to be a state where we make and build, innovate and grow things. As Governor I am focusing on the agricultural industry, the manufacturing industry, and travel & tourism. We kind of take those industries for granted, and those industries margin a profit.” “I went there to listen, and not just to the head of the company, I went to listen to the employees. I met with their employees that work on the line and just trying to make it through the day.” At the conclusion of his stay, WRGC asked the Governor what he had learned about the needs of our area during his visit. “There are some very basic things that we can look at to make a positive difference. For example: Signage on state roads, that’s not too complicated. A lot of times its the small details that people are looking for. You just need to listen.”

Governor McCrory Signs Voter ID into Law

Today Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 589, also known as the Voter Photo ID bill, into law. With this, North Carolina joins the majority of states, 34 out of 50, that require some form of  ID to vote.  The photo ID requirement will go into effect in North Carolina for the 2016 elections. Among acceptable forms of identification are a valid North Carolina driver’s license, U.S. passport and various military IDs. Also, voters can obtain a state-issued photo-ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles at no charge, and if a voter comes to the polls without a photo-ID, they will still be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. The bill also mandates that hours available to cast an early ballot remain the same and there will be 10 days for voters to cast their ballot early.  County board of elections will calculate the number of early voting hours offered in the 2012 presidential and the 2010 non-presidential voting years, and the same amount of early voting hours in those years must be made available in presidential and non-presidential elections going forward. Also, all early voting sites within a county must have the same days and hours of operation. Also, like most states and the District of Columbia, North Carolina will require voters to cast a ballot for a candidate, and not for a political party, by doing away with straight-ticket voting. This new law also aligns North Carolina with the majority of states (37) that do not allow a person to register and vote on the same day. To read the bill in its entirety, you can visit www.ncga.state.nc.us.