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Dalton lays out jobs plan, compare with McCrory plan

Gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton has released his jobs plan - you can compare to his opponent Pat McCrory's proposal Gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton has released his jobs plan - you can compare to his opponent Pat McCrory's proposal

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) –  Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton on Monday laid out his jobs plan that he says is "focused on refocusing and retooling our economic development approach so it's more strategic and results-oriented, recruiting businesses and investors to stimulate job growth and retraining our workforce for 21st Century jobs."

Dalton, the Democratic nominee for Governor, made the announcement in Raleigh. His plan includes creating a graduated tax rate structure for small businesses, a $2,000 tax credit for employers hiring a long-term jobless worker and funds to encourage manufacturing, biotechnology and infrastructure.

"I fully realize that we've been through tough times, I'm from an area that suffered high unemployment due to the loss of textile and furniture jobs," Dalton said in a news release. "That's why I have been working with industry leaders, small businesses, and community colleges to lay a foundation for creating jobs now and for the future."

Also included in Dalton's plan:
•    Providing tax relief for small businesses and for employers who hire long-term unemployed workers to put people back to work faster.
•    Positioning North Carolina to react to changing trends with more effective outreach to companies primed for expansion.
•    Calling on local governments, schools, economic developers, and businesses to work together and share resources to create a business climate that supports job growth.
•    Targeting resources to high-growth businesses with the greatest growth potential.  
•    Building on his long-record of rural community development efforts to provide businesses and workers in depressed areas new economic opportunities that lead to jobs.
•    Making sure taxpayer dollars support North Carolina businesses by ensuring our businesses receive top priority for state contracts and grants.
•    Strengthening small business loan programs and capital for manufacturers.
•    Targeted investments in the biotech industry and encouraging private investment in public higher education research activities.
•    Working closely with the Department of Defense on improving North Carolina businesses' chances to secure military contracts serving our local bases.
•    Stronger and more sector-specific workforce training for veterans and others to maximize their education and experience and better meet immediate employer needs.

Click here to read more about Dalton's plan.

Pat McCrory, the Republican nominee for Governor, has what he calls "principles for fixing North Carolina's broken economy" on his website.  They include:

-Make government more responsive to business

-Modernize the tax code to spur job creation, productivity and innovation

-Unleash North Carolina's energy resources to help power our economy

-Create a long-term vision for transportation and infrastructure to support economic growth

-Reform education to create a workforce for the future

-Expand opportunities for key industries to strengthen North Carolina's economy


Click here to read more about McCrory's proposal.

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