No special session leaves NC jobs at a standstill


The Appalachian Online

Dewey Mullis

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is refusing to call legislators back into special session to complete tasks recently left undone. Sounds like things are moving in the right direction.

McCrory would only be open to a special session if more developments were to come about in an incentive package for businesses looking to set up shop in the state, according to WFMY. The deal would increase job recruitment efforts in cities struggling with high unemployment.

North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Chair Trevor Fuller and Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan are rightfully calling on McCrory to tend to the matters with a special session.

With all of this pressure from his fellow job creators and public servants, why is McCrory holding firm in opposition? Perhaps the warning from his buddies at Americans For Prosperity to not call session has something to do with it.

McCrory claims it would simply be a waste of taxpayer money.

But is it not also a waste of taxpayer money to pay legislators and a governor that aren’t taking care of business?

Here is the thing: waiting for a plan to appear will not work. People have to be called into action so they can make plans happen. Barry McClelland, a selection consultant, says there is much planning, negotiating, and preparing that needs to be done before any deals are finalized, according to the News and Record.

A business incentive package isn’t the only item left on the table. There was also no legislation passed that would provide funds to the Commerce Department through October.

If this state is going to work toward bringing big business across its borders, our government has to act.

The ball is in McCrory’s court. It simply doesn’t make sense to sit on your hands and say great things without doing them. That’s not leadership.

McCrory can either continue to wait and prolong potential business and job opportunities, or he can call on lawmakers to continue laying the groundwork.

Mullis, a senior criminal justice major from Wallburg, is an opinion writer.