State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Jobs
Grow out Unemployment Trust Fund to more than $2 billion
Our economy is recovering. But our unemployment rate is still 5.3%, still slightly above the national average. Meanwhile, our Unemployment Trust Fund has grown to more than $2 billion. That's good. But we must use this opportunity and these funds to
help for those who can't find work, while also taking a deeper look at those who are chronically unemployed.
The Governor and the legislature need to work together to get better-paying jobs for North Carolina.
Source: 2017 North Carolina State of the State address
Mar 13, 2017
Yes on minimum wage of $8.25, but no minimum-wage-economy
Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is backing a state proposal to increase Arkansas's minimum wage, a move that could muddle a major attack from Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR). "I'm going to vote for that initiated act as a citizen, but as Arkansas's next US senator
I'm going to make sure that we have a healthy economy, not the kind of minimum-wage economy that Barack Obama and Mark Pryor have created. The minimum wage should be a floor and a stepping stone to higher-wage jobs, not a ceiling,"
Cotton said about the state initiative.
The announcement means Pryor and Cotton now hold the same position: Opposition to raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, as President Obama has called for, but support for raising the state minimum wage to
$8.25 an hour.
Pryor has previously criticized Cotton for declining to take a stance on the state push, and Cotton's comments remove minimum wage as a wedge issue for him just days after the measure officially qualified for the ballot.
Source: The Hill weblog on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate
Sep 5, 2014
Opposes federal minimum wage; but let states decide
Thom Tillis [debated his primary opponents, including] tea party activist Greg Brannon, who attacked the state House speaker as softer than him on immigration, health care, education, gun rights and other issues.
While mostly playing it safe, Tillis staked out a series of positions on the right that could hurt him in the general election: agreeing with the other three candidates on stage that climate change is not
an established fact, opposing a federal minimum wage and suggesting that he might want to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.
On the minimum wage, Brannon said a federal standard is unconstitutional.
Tillis responded: "If there's going to be a minimum wage, it's a decision that needs to be made by the states--not the federal government."
Source: Politico.com on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate
Apr 22, 2014
$1,000 tax credit for job-training apprenticeships
Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC), the two African-American members of the US Senate, are bridging significant political differences and teaming up on legislation for the first time.
Booker and Scott are unveiling a proposal that would
promote apprenticeships in highly-skilled trades, a move designed to help fill millions of technical jobs in the construction, manufacturing energy and telecommunications industries, while also creating jobs for younger Americans, especially minorities
struggling to find work.
Booker and Scott's LEAP Act (Leveraging and Energizing America's Apprenticeship Programs) would provide tax credits to employers who offer apprenticeships to younger job applicants. Companies that offer apprenticeships to
people under age 25 would receive a $1,500 tax credit and a $1,000 credit for apprentices above age 25. Apprenticeships, unlike office internships, offer a combination of on-the-job training and instruction in highly-skilled occupations.
Source: Washington Post on 2014 North Carolina Senate race
Apr 9, 2014
Recruit and retain N.C. jobs, in RTP and in small towns
Our biggest challenge, as I travel the state right now, is not just developing jobs in a growing urban area--sometimes it's much easier to sell the Triangle area or the Charlotte area or the Triad area. But right now I think our biggest challenge is to
develop a strategy for the small towns in North Carolina that have been hit so hard by this recession. And that's exactly what we plan to do. We've got to work with the small towns of North Carolina. There are too many people hurting in those towns.
And let me tell you this right now. I did it as mayor, and I'll do it again as governor. No one will out work this governor, or this team or any of you in our effort to grow, recruit and retain North Carolina jobs.
We will be on the road and we're going to sell our great resources that we have. This is my job, this is your job. We've got a great product.
Source: 2013 North Carolina State of the State Address
Feb 18, 2013
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