• Smithfield-Selma Chamber calls on state legislators

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    July 17, 2013

    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce traveled to Raleigh on July 15 and met with the Johnston County legislative delegation. The meeting was organized by the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee and gave members an opportunity to address business issues with the state leaders.

    Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Galloway stated that the meeting was a success, and he hoped to make the trip and annual event. “We learned a lot and have a better understanding of proposed legislation. I also think our legislators learned some things from us.”

    The Chamber group spoke with Representatives Leo Daughtry and J.H. Langdon Jr., as well as Senators Brent Jackson, Buck Newton, and Ron Rabin. Those attending were: Bill Galloway, Cheryl Oliver, Jason Wenzel, Peggy Anderson, Sarai Daniels, Lloyd Barnes, April Culver, Michelle Brinson, Keith Brinson, Dwight Morris, David Ford, Jim Lee and Rick Childrey. 

    The Chamber was briefed on the tax reform legislation that was approved by the House later that evening.  The legislation reduces the personal and corporate income tax rates, repeals the estate tax and caps the gas tax. Also, the bill puts the cap at $45 million for non-profit sales tax refunds, which far exceeds most organizations, including medical centers such as Johnston Health.

    The legislators talked at length about economic development in the state. While changes continue to be made at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the goal is to better position North Carolina to recruit top and mid-level companies that would be good job producers.  The Chamber presented a packet of information to the delegation, which included information on Smithfield-Selma area certified industrial sites and copies of the Chamber’s new economic development videos.

    Finally, the Chamber asked about the status of improving and possibly tolling Interstate 95.  The group was assured that the tolling of existing lanes of I-95 was off the table, but the possibility of tolling new lanes to any interstate highway, while many years away, could still happen.

    Following the meeting, the Chamber leaders were invited to attend the opening of the evening session of the House of Representatives. Speaker of the House Tom Tillis recognized the Chamber by a joint motion from Representatives Daughtry and Langdon.

    Rick Childrey, President
    (919) 934-9166

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