And it's not all the same stale ideas:
The two-dozen or so ideas in Dalton’s plan include tax breaks for small businesses, a $2,000 tax credit for employers hiring a long-term jobless worker, and funds to encourage manufacturing, biotechnology and multi-state infrastructure projects. Employers also could reduce worker hours and wages temporarily to get through tough spots while employees get partial unemployment benefits.
That last part reminds me of a conversation I had with a couple of really smart people this weekend about the largely un-reported issue of under-employment in our state. More than any other (single) factor, the missing consumer dollars related to wage contraction are going to keep our economy anemic, and we must at least attempt some of the remedies in Dalton's plan:
Contractors bidding on state funded construction contracts and requesting tax incentives must commit to employing 50% of the project with state residents
As opposed to Pat McCrory who appears to be ready to outsource such work to whoever writes him the biggest check.
I must admit, I've been having a little trouble getting excited about Walter Dalton. I don't know if that's due to him flying under the radar for so long or because he (seemed to) coast to victory in the LG race past some great candidates. But seeing some specifics like those included in this plan might just be excitement-worthy.
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