WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Lt. Governor Walter Dalton was in Wilmington Wednesday to visit what he calls "one of southeastern North Carolina's biggest tickets to jobs and income" – Screen Gems Studios.
"Everyone knows that film, television and the arts can be entertaining as well as educational, but it's important to remember that they also contribute to our state's economy in a big way," Dalton said.
Dalton, a Democrat, recently announced his run for the governor's seat. He wants to make job creation a priority if he's elected.
Just last week, Brunswick County lost out on thousands of jobs with Caterpillar after they chose to go to Georgia. Dalton says it comes down to the amount of incentives the state offers.
"You've got to be careful to give away the full store, but we have always said incentives it needs to be a win game for North Carolina," said Dalton. "It's contingent on you making the jobs, its contingent on the investment that you said you would make. So, we net out on the financial end and also create the jobs."
While in town, Dalton also said he would support an increase in the sales tax "to help get education in our state back on its feet."
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