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Labor Department Waives Tax Penalty On N.C. Businesses Linked To State's Unemployment Debt PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 06:04

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has approved North Carolina's application for a waiver of additional Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) penalties. State officials say the agreement will save North Carolina employers approximately $180 million for tax year 2014.

Employers have been paying a penalty per employee due to the state's high unemployment debt -- money the state borrowed from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits. The debt began at $2.8 billion in 2012 and has been paid down to a current $465 million.
“Restructuring North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system and aligning it with those of our neighboring states has set our unemployment program on a path to sustainability,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “By demonstrating to the federal government that we have cut up the federal unemployment insurance credit card, North Carolina employers will avoid paying penalties and be able to invest those funds in job creation.”
Governor McCrory applied for a waiver of additional debt penalties and USDOL has granted the request after North Carolina worked hard to reduce the $2.5 billion debt and set in place a foundation for sustainable funding by the state’s employers.
“This is great news for the employers of North Carolina,” said Division of Employment Security Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell in the statement. “This waiver of the penalty is a direct result of the policies, processes and people who have helped pay down the unemployment debt owed to the federal government.”
“It is our goal to pay off this debt in 2015,” Folwell said.  “Once the debt is paid off, employers will begin receiving their full Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) credit.  This will be a tremendous burden lifted from the employers of this state.  It will give them certainty about the cost of doing business in North Carolina.  It will also encourage new businesses to come to this state, driving unemployment even lower.”

Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Wednesday, November 12, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 06:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Wednesday, November 12, 2014, as released by his office.

10:00 a.m.
Honda Aero, Inc. Production Engine Launch Ceremony
Honda Aero, Inc.
2989 Tucker Street

Open to Credentialed Press Only

11:30 a.m.
Sheetz Distribution and Kitchen Facility Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
1737 Whites Kennel Road

Open to credentialed press only.

 2 p.m.
Veterans Treatment Court Graduation Ceremony & One-Year Anniversary
Harnett County Courthouse, Courtroom Six
301 W. Cornelius Harnett Boulevard

Open to credentialed press only

6 p.m.
Leadership North Carolina Reception
Executive Mansion
200 N. Blount Street

Closed to Press

Five North Carolinians Appointed To Seats On State Watchdog Boards PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 06:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Five North Carolinians will take seats on three different boards that serve as overseers of licensed occupations.

Gov. Pat McCrory made the appointments this week.

** North Carolina State Board of Barber Examiners
Steffon Sharpless of Durham County is a consultant in nonprofit management/business development.

Don Beal of Catawba County is the owner of the Hair Connection.

Valerie Willis of Wake County is a test analyst for Verisk Health as well as CEO of Metro Style, Inc.

The board regulates the practice of barbering within the state, collects and records fees for certification and protects the health, safety and welfare of the general public by ensuring that barbering services are performed by competent barbers in clean establishments. The term length is three years.
** North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
Dr. Susan Bull of Buncombe County is a veterinarian with the Animal Hospital of Waynesville.

The board promotes the public health, safety and welfare of the people of the state by safeguarding them against unqualified or incompetent practitioners of veterinary medicine. The term length is five years.
** North Carolina Parks & Recreation Authority
Neal Lewis of New Hanover County is a former New Hanover County Parks director. This is a reappointment.

The Parks and Recreation Authority receives private and public donations, appropriations, grants and revenue for the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. Members work to allocate funds for land acquisitions, repairs and improvements. The term length is three years.

Veterans Initiative Consolidates Consolidates Services, Expands Footprint For N.C. Vets PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:54

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Nearly 800,000 veterans who live in North Carolina will have an easier time finding and accessing services, thanks to a new state initiative. The establishment of NC4VETS was announced Monday as the state prepares to honor veterans on Tuesday.
Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled the program during a visit to the North Carolina Veterans Home in Salisbury.

“Veterans come to the state with a can-do spirit that will make North Carolina stronger and improve its quality of life,” the governor said in a statement. “The NC4Vets initiative will help us attract and keep more veterans so North Carolina will be more than a duty station. It will be their new home.”
NC4Vets is a “one-stop-shop” information resource being launched by the North Carolina Department of Administration’s Division of Veterans Affairs, in conjunction with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce (NC Works) and other state agencies.  
The initiative  consists of:

--  the NC4Vets Resource guide, an inter-agency catalog with 2,000 data points detailing job, education benefits and health services in every region of the state. The NC4VETS Resource Guide is part of a multimedia effort that includes a website: www.NC4VETS.com and toll-free call center: (844) NC4-VETS offering knowledgeable service officers to guide veterans to services that are closest to them.

-- coordination of state and federal VA resources. The Division of Veterans Affairs has opened four new service offices inside of VA Medical centers in Asheville, Salisbury, Greenville and Wilmington. The opening of these four new offices represents a 30 percent expansion of the state’s veterans office footprint, and it was achieved at no cost to North Carolina taxpayers.


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