Rep. Hamilton points to incentives inconsistencies - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Rep. Hamilton points to incentives inconsistencies

Rep. Susi Hamilton said lawmakers should “be fair to all industries” when it comes to incentives. Rep. Susi Hamilton said lawmakers should “be fair to all industries” when it comes to incentives.
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) -

Rep. Susi Hamilton claims Republican leaders in the General Assembly have changed their tune on some economic development incentives, but not the tax credit program that lures film production to the state.

The Wilmington Democrat made the point during a House finance committee meeting Wednesday as lawmakers debated a bill that would give the Secretary of Commerce $20 million to help attract businesses to the state.

"The question is, if they have changed their policy on incentives in North Carolina, then we need to be fair to all industries, particular industries that are already employing people in North Carolina," Hamilton said in an interview.

Hamilton has called on lawmakers to extend the film tax credit set to expire at the end of the year. The compromise budget drafted by House and Senate leaders would replace the tax credit with a $10 million grant program, which some industry officials say is inadequate.

Rep. Ted Davis (R) said Tuesday that he is working on a "better" film incentive option, although he wouldn't elaborate when asked if that meant providing more funding for a grant program.

Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Lawmakers to vote on bill that could raise fire fees in Brunswick County

    Lawmakers to vote on bill that could raise fire fees in Brunswick County

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 12:11 AM EDT2017-06-27 04:11:58 GMT
    Brunswick County could charge higher fire fees for residential and commercial properties, under a bill that could final Senate approval on Tuesday.Brunswick County could charge higher fire fees for residential and commercial properties, under a bill that could final Senate approval on Tuesday.

    Lawmakers will vote Tuesday on a bill that could double the fees property owners in Brunswick County pay for fire protection. The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill that has already passed the House, sponsored by Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) and Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover).

    More >>

    Lawmakers will vote Tuesday on a bill that could double the fees property owners in Brunswick County pay for fire protection. The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill that has already passed the House, sponsored by Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) and Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover).

    More >>
  • Gov. Cooper to veto proposed state budget; override likely

    Gov. Cooper to veto proposed state budget; override likely

    Monday, June 26 2017 11:20 AM EDT2017-06-26 15:20:34 GMT
    Governor Roy Cooper (Source: Facebook)Governor Roy Cooper (Source: Facebook)

    North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he will veto the state budget put on his desk by Republican lawmakers.

    More >>

    North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he will veto the state budget put on his desk by Republican lawmakers.

    More >>
  • Gardner announces he'll run in Seventh District race

    Gardner announces he'll run in Seventh District race

    Friday, June 23 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-06-23 16:04:54 GMT

    Jonah Gardner, a Wilmington computer programmer and IT professional, has announced he has filed to run for Congress in 2018.

    More >>

    Jonah Gardner, a Wilmington computer programmer and IT professional, has announced he has filed to run for Congress in 2018.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly