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Governor McCrory to Testify Before U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

March 16, 2015 – 4:15 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing entitled “Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation Part II” on Tuesday. In his capacity as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association, Governor McCrory will join Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Wyoming Department of Transportation Director John Cox to offer testimony.

NCDOT Celebrates Arrival of Raleigh’s First Train 175 Years Ago This Week

March 16, 2015 – 9:35 am
NCDOT Celebrates Arrival of Raleigh’s First Train 175 Years Ago This Week

RALEIGH – Nearly two centuries ago, Raleigh was a very different place. The year was 1840. The state’s capital – now a bustling metropolis of shopping, restaurants and businesses – was a destination largely isolated from the rest of the state, separated by long journeys over unpaved roads and a lack of a navigable river for trade and transport.   
This all changed on March 21, 175 years ago this week, when the first train chugged into town – a wood-burning steam locomotive christened the “Tornado” traveling on newly built wooden rails. With the arrival of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad, a predecessor of what is today CSX Transportation, Raleigh was now connected to places like Richmond, Virginia that had once taken two days by horse or stage coach to reach. Overnight, Raleigh’s new rail connection began the transformation from a small town seat of state government to a fast-growing commercial, industrial and education center.
Just as it did almost 200 years ago, the Raleigh and Gaston route today remains a key rail corridor. CSXT, which has grown to become one of the largest transportation companies in the United States, continues to provide daily freight service over the line, which serves as the origination and termination point of millions of dollars in products annually. The corridor is also designated as the primary path for the future Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor between Raleigh and Virginia.
“The introduction of the railroad revolutionized travel and freight movement throughout our state and the nation,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “Nearly two centuries later, rail continues to play an important role in North Carolina’s multimodal transportation system, as well as supporting job creation, economic development and commerce activities that are critical to the future vitality of our state.”
“Railroads have played a significant role in the development of the United States, probably more than any other enterprise,” said Cindy Sanborn, executive vice president-operations for CSXT. “From their earliest development of routes from eastern ports to inland settlements, railroads today are safe, reliable and fuel efficient conveyors of freight that drive North American commerce. CSX is proud to participate in acknowledging the first train to the great city of Raleigh and to have played a role in the city’s growth and prosperity.”
“Railroads have historically played an important role in the growth and development of the City of Raleigh,” said City of Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. Rail has been a cornerstone of our infrastructure and has helped support the economic vitality of the region.  As the city looks to the future, rail will remain part of the city’s foundation for a multi-modal transportation network.”
The N.C. Department of Transportation invites all North Carolinians to celebrate this special anniversary by riding the Piedmont and Carolinian trains at a reduced fare. Just book at the following Amtrak.com page for 30% off the purchase of a companion ticket when you purchase one full-price ticket on Saturday, March 21. NCDOT also invites the public to come by the Raleigh station for birthday cake and punch.

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This Week at NCDOT – March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015 – 12:58 pm
This Week at NCDOT – March 13, 2015

RALEIGH — From the North Carolina mountains to the coast, the N.C. Department of Transportation has numerous programs, activities and initiatives in communities throughout the state. The following are highlights from the department this week. They are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here. You can also download the episode by clicking here.

Halifax County Amtrak Accident
On Monday, North Carolina’s Amtrak train 80, the Carolinian, was involved in an accident South of Roanoke Rapids in Halifax County. The passenger train was heading north from Charlotte to New York when it collided with a tractor-trailer on the tracks at the N.C. 903 and U.S. 301 rail crossing.

NCDOT Division Four staff rushed to the scene to quickly set up detours and reroute traffic. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata also traveled to the site along with NCDOT Rail Division leaders to meet with the train crew and first responders, lend support and thank them for their quick response. While there, Tata checked on passengers at the Halifax Agricultural Center as they waited to board buses to complete their journey, as well as visited with staff at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

NCDOT is continuing to work with authorities who are investigating the cause of the crash.

Pothole Repair
Crews across the state are working to fill potholes, which usually form during winter months when moisture seeps into cracks in the pavement, freezes, expands and then thaws. As traffic loosens the pavement, it eventually creates a pothole.

Since most asphalt plants are not operating during winter months and “hot mix” asphalt is not available, crews are using “cold patch,” as well as spray patchers, to fix the holes as an interim treatment. “Cold patch” is a premix that NCDOT stockpiles for winter pothole response. Crews will perform permanent patches with hot mix when it is available later this spring.

If you see a pothole you can report it by calling 1-877-368-4968 or by filling out a form online at www.ncdot.gov/contact. Click on “County Contacts” on the left side of your screen and then select your county.

Crews will prioritize repair work based on the size, depth and location of the pothole.

Model Bridge Building Competition
The regionals for the NCDOT Model Bridge Building Competition have been rescheduled for Friday, March 27, after recent snow and ice caused the department to postpone the event.

The competition is an educational opportunity for middle and high school students to learn more about the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

“I think events such as the model bridge competition, and the job shadowing events that we do give students a much broader perspective of careers within transportation,” said NCDOT Office of Education Initiatives Director Ashley Goolsby.

For more information on the Model Bridge Building Competition, visit the NCDOT Office of Education Initiatives website.

Passenger Ferry Test Runs
NCDOT will soon begin test runs for passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke village. These runs will help determine how long the voyage would take, how much fuel is needed and ultimately if passenger ferry service is a viable option.

NCDOT commissioned a feasibility study last year to help solve summertime congestion on the Hatteras Inlet route. The test runs will take place May 4 and 5 on a catamaran-style ferry that carries 150 passengers. The study is scheduled to be completed by December.

For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660.

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Governor McCrory Mourns the Loss of Military Heroes in Helicopter Crash

March 12, 2015 – 7:05 pm
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after learning that the United States Coast Guard had suspended the search for seven U.S.

Sanderson Farms, Inc. to Create 1,100 New Jobs with Expansion into Robeson County

March 12, 2015 – 10:01 am

Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Sanderson Farms will construct a new state-of-the-art poultry complex in Robeson County.  The new processing plant and hatchery will create approximately 1,100 new jobs during the next three years. Sanderson Farms expects to invest approximately $139 million in the complex which includes upgrades to its Kinston, N.C. feed mill.

 

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments

March 11, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments:

 

Blue Ribbon Commission to Study the Building and Infrastructure Needs of the State

WBTV – This is my reality: Grandmother speaks out nearly year after toddler’s death

March 11, 2015 – 4:08 pm

Note: Leslie Davenport has made it her life’s mission to educate her community about child abuse; the warning signs and prevention. She wants to make sure state laws are toughened across the country for convicted child abusers. They’ve already had an impact on North Carolina. Kilah was next to Governor Pat McCrory as he signed Kilah’s Law. It strengthened North Carolina penalty for felony child abuse to twenty-five years to life in prison if convicted.

 

This is my reality: Grandmother speaks out nearly year after toddler’s death

Governor McCrory Helps PEDS Open State-of -the-Art Plant in Hildebran

March 11, 2015 – 4:06 pm

Hildebran, NC- Governor Pat McCrory, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig and Walmart Vice President of U.S. Manufacturing Cindy Marsiglio joined Michael D. Penner, President of PEDS® Legwear (PEDS), for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of PEDS’ new $16 million facility today in Hildebran. PEDS, the maker of brands such as Peds, Medi-Peds, and Growing Socks, is one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of hosiery products in the world.

 

Governor Charts Next Steps with Teacher Advisory Committee

March 10, 2015 – 2:52 pm

Durham, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory spoke with teachers from throughout the state today for a meeting of his Teacher Advisory Committee, a committee re-established in September 2013 to address the needs of North Carolina K-12 teachers and students.

 

Chowan County to Gain 78 New Jobs with Expansion of Jimbo’s Jumbos, Inc.

March 9, 2015 – 11:48 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Jimbo’s Jumbos, Inc. will expand its operations in Chowan County and create 78 new jobs over the next three years.  The company plans to invest $30 million in the city of Edenton over the same period.

 

Global Packaging to Create 33 New Jobs with Expansion of its Hamlet Site

March 6, 2015 – 12:20 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Global Packaging will expand its facility in Richmond County. The expansion will create 33 new jobs over the next three years.  The company plans to invest $9.8 million in Hamlet.

 

Public Asked to Provide Feedback on Draft Schedule for Transportation Projects

March 6, 2015 – 11:08 am
Public Asked to Provide Feedback on Draft Schedule for Transportation Projects

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is asking the public to provide feedback on the Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). This is the first STIP developed under the new Strategic Transportation Investments law, which established the Strategic Mobility Formula.
 
NCDOT is hosting 10 information sessions across the state between March 17 and April 23, to receive input on the steps leading to and resulting in the Draft STIP. Anyone who cannot attend a session in person can easily view the materials and submit their comments electronically through MindMixer, an online public engagement tool.
 
During the past year and a half, NCDOT has been working with the legislature, local planning organizations, and other stakeholders across the state to implement the law and develop the 2016-2025 STIP.
 
NCDOT wants the public’s feedback on:
 
·         The process to develop the STIP and ideas for improvement
·         The variety and geographic diversity of the projects
 
The feedback period runs through April 23.
 
The 2016-2025 Draft STIP, the first under STI, is one of the department’s most comprehensive programs ever. The document includes 1,073 projects across all transportation modes and all 100 counties.
 
The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2016-2025 STIP in June, which will be the final step in implementing STI. Feedback from the information sessions will be shared with the Board and used by the Prioritization Workgroup for consideration in the next round of project prioritization and by the department in the development of the 2018-2027 STIP.
 
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NCDOT Highlights Its Weekly Events On “NCDOT Now”

March 6, 2015 – 10:58 am
NCDOT Highlights Its Weekly Events On “NCDOT Now”

 
Raleigh – Every week,  the N.C. Department of Transportation is involved with numerous activities throughout communities around the state.  These events are highlighted in a weekly news video program called “NCDOT Now.” 

To view this week’s show, click here.
 
Here are the events listed in this week’s episode:
NCDOT Centennial Celebration:
 One hundred years ago, the North Carolina General Assembly created the State Highway Commission, which laid the foundation for the modern day NCDOT.
 
To celebrate this milestone, Governor Pat McCrory sat down with NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata and NCDOT Board Chairman Ned Curran Thursday before an auditorium filled with NCDOT Board members, employees and other state legislators to discuss pivotal moments in the department’s history.
 
“Today, we celebrate not only the past one hundred years of achievement, but we look forward to the next one hundred years,” said N.C. Governor Pat McCrory.  “Our state is dependent on the NCDOT to connect us to regions of great economic activity to promote further economic growth and bring the latest technology to our citizens.”
 
Among the milestones discussed include the beginning of passenger air service, the state’s popular ferry system and when we became the first state to declare the bicycle as a vehicle.
 
They also discussed the Highway Act of 1921, which authorized a one- cent- per- gallon gas tax to help pay for road improvements in this state and the Executive Organization Act of 1971, which combined the State Highway Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles into an agency now known as NCDOT.
 
Click here for more information.
 
2015 N.C. State Map:
This year is also the year NCDOT releases its most popular publication – the North Carolina state map.
The State Transportation Map is produced every two years and highlights the state’s new roads and updated rest areas.
 
Six years ago, NCDOT transitioned from creating a one-year-to a two-year map to cut printing costs and save taxpayers’ money.
 
The new map is free and is available at welcome centers, rest areas and NCDOT offices across the state.   You can also get a map by ordering online or by calling 1-800-VISITNC.
 
 
 
Snow and Ice Costs:
We now know how much it cost NCDOT to battle the recent back-to-back snow storms.  So far, during this winter season, NCDOT crews have applied more than 136 tons of salt or sand/ salt mix and more than 4 million gallons of brine.  In all, the department has spent about $53 million dollars this year battling the wintry weather statewide.
 
Secretary Tony Tata thanked employees for their colossal efforts over the past two weeks for assessing conditions, treating roads with brine and clearing the snow and ice.
For the latest information on statewide storm efforts, click here.
 
 
 
Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “ Booze It and Lose It Campaign:”
Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is launching its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign to keep drunk drivers off of the road.
 
Each year around this time, GHSP steps up law enforcement around the state to keep an eye out for motorists who could be driving under the influence.  The campaign is designed to decrease the number of people who have died or have been injured due to drunk drivers.  Last year, 340 people lost their lives in alcohol-related accidents.
 
In North Carolina, if you’re charged with Driving While Intoxicated, you could be fined $10,000, have your license revoked and your vehicle seized.  This campaign starts March 13th and runs through the 17th. 
 
For more information on GHSP, click here.
 
For more information on how to subscribe to NCDOT Now, contact  Jennifer  Heiss at 919.707.2660 or by e- mail @ jgheiss@ncdot.gov.

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Fortify Friday: The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

March 6, 2015 – 7:58 am
Fortify Friday:  The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project

Raleigh—After several days of interruptions due to winter weather, construction work on the I-40/440 Fortify rebuild Project is scheduled to gear up next week.

Here are the upcoming highlights:

On I-440, a ramp of the Poole Road exit is scheduled to be closed next weekend, weather permitting, so crews can pave the ramp and paint lane striping.  A detour will be in place.  Watch for the signs.

Also, crews are scheduled to complete the rebuilding of I-440 East, and then put the final paving surface and permanent lane markings down on both I-440 East and West.

As for the eight-mile stretch of the project on I-40, crews are putting the finishing touches on the Hammond Road Interchange so, weather permitting, motorists will soon be able to resume their original traffic pattern to get on I-40 East from northbound Hammond. 

Crews are also still working to widen bridges on Hadley, Garner and State Streets.  They are also paving additional shoulder locations so they can eventually be used as travel lanes. Next week’s work will be on shoulders near the U.S. 1/64 exit in Cary. 

For more information on the Fortify:  I-40/440 Rebuild Project, visit www.fortifyNC.com or contact Steve Abbott @ 919-707-2670 or e-mail swabbott@ncdot.gov.

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Governor McCrory Unveils Pilot Program Designed to Match Veterans with Civilian Jobs

March 5, 2015 – 5:05 pm

Jacksonville, N.C. -Today, at Camp Lejeune, Governor Pat McCrory announced the NC Military Pipeline, a public-private pilot project aimed at keeping newly separated veterans in North Carolina by matching their military skills and experience to civilian employment, education and training opportunities.

 

Governor McCrory’s Plan Continues Commitment to North Carolina Families and Invests in Economic Opportunities

March 5, 2015 – 1:03 pm

Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory’s 2015-2017 biennium budget continues his focus on job creation, education and infrastructure. It also increases help and protection for those that cannot help themselves while maintaining fiscal discipline and increasing government efficiency.  

 

There are no tax increases in the governor’s budget. 

 

Pactiv, LLC Expansion to Bring 59 New Jobs to Lenoir County

March 5, 2015 – 11:05 am

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Pactiv, LLC will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County.  The company will create 59 new jobs and invest more than $24 million in Kinston over the next three years.

 

2015-16 State Transportation Map Now Available

March 5, 2015 – 10:33 am
2015-16 State Transportation Map Now Available

RALEIGH—The 2015-16 North Carolina State Transportation Map was unveiled Thursday today as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Centennial Celebration and is now available free of charge.

The State Transportation Map is funded and produced by NCDOT. It is distributed by VisitNC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. It can be ordered online at visitnc.com/statemap or by calling 1-800-847-4862 (VISIT NC). Maps will also be available at welcome centers, rest areas and NCDOT offices across the state.

First published in 1916, the state map is NCDOT’s most popular publication, with two million copies in this year’s initial printing.

North Carolina has one of the largest highway systems in the nation, and the new map details the more than 106,000 miles of public roadway that span the state. That includes 79,585 miles of state-maintained roads.

The cover of the new map features a montage of North Carolina scenery, including the Blue Ridge Mountains from the peak of Mt. Jefferson, a trail wandering through Clemmons Educational State Park in Clayton, the statue that stands outside the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head.

The map also includes information on Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, North Carolina’s State Parks and Forest Service—both of which also turn 100 this year—and Governor McCrory’s Art That Moves You initiative, which uses texture, landscaping, original artwork and lighting to improve infrastructure, bridges and gateways to promote tourism and economic development.

A full-size PDF of the map is also available online.

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NCDOT Celebrates 100 Years of Achievement

March 5, 2015 – 6:58 am
NCDOT Celebrates 100 Years of Achievement

RALEIGH—One hundred years ago today, the North Carolina General Assembly created the State Highway Commission, establishing the first roots of our modern-day Department of Transportation and laying the foundation for a century of tremendous progress in North Carolina.
Governor Pat McCrory joined Secretary Tata, Board of Transportation Chair Ned Curran, and many others who have been involved in transportation efforts over the past century this morning for a celebration commemorating NCDOT’s centennial.
 “From its humble beginnings, transportation has shaped who we are as a state, serving as the backbone of our economy, connecting every major aspect of our lives, and creating new opportunities for our citizens,” said Governor McCrory.
Visit NCDOT’s Centennial Celebration website for interactive images and video chronicling the past 100 years.
Laying the Foundation
North Carolina had already seen several transportation milestones prior to March 5, 1915, including construction of the North Carolina Railroad in the 1850s and the Wright Brothers’ famous First Flight over the sands of Kitty Hawk in 1903. Shortly after the State Highway Commission was established, the Wake County town of Garner became home to the state’s first paved road in 1916, and five years later the N.C. General Assembly passed the Highway Act of 1921, which authorized a gas tax of one cent per gallon to help pay for road improvements.
In 1931, North Carolina became one of the first states to assume ownership of all secondary roads, a responsibility that was previously held by the counties. North Carolina is still home to one of the largest state-maintained highway systems in the nation, which includes nearly 80,000 miles; Texas is the only state in the nation currently responsible for more mileage.
The 1920s and 30s were also a time of significant landmarks in other modes of transportation, with the establishment of passenger air service in Charlotte in 1927, the funding of a state ferry system in 1934, and North Carolina becoming the first state to declare the bicycle as a vehicle in 1939. In 1941, the state’s transportation responsibilities were expanded even further with the founding of the Department of Motor Vehicles, which consolidated services previously provided by the Secretary of State and the Department of Revenue.
“NCDOT has continued to evolve with the changing needs of our state to ensure that we keep pace with growing demands on our infrastructure,” Tata said. “We remain committed to anticipating the future needs of our state and improving our operations to make the best possible use of our taxpayer dollars.”
Mid-Century Milestones
During the 1950s through the 1960s, the state’s highway system developed into a complex network of highways reaching every corner of the state.
The 1950s saw the birth of the Interstate Highway System, which was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 29, 1956. The first construction in North Carolina that was to become I-40 was U.S. 421 east of Winston-Salem, which was constructed between 1949 and 1950. In 1956, North Carolina’s 714 miles of interstate were designated to become Interstates 95, 85, 40 and 26.
North Carolina also holds the distinction of being home to the nation’s final section of the 2,554-mile I-40 corridor, which connected Raleigh to Wilmington and opened on June 29, 1990. NCDOT continues to expand North Carolina’s interstate system, most notably with ongoing efforts to build urban loops and upgrade existing highways.
The 1960s and 70s continued to mark significant innovations in North Carolina’s transportation system, including the completion of the Pigeon River Gorge section of I-40 in 1968. This 22-mile stretch traversed the state’s rugged mountainside and included the only tunnels on the interstate system east of the Mississippi. The project was also the largest single highway project completed to date in North Carolina.
State and local leaders saw that the state’s growth potential demanded an economy-oriented system that was responsive to rapidly changing needs in all areas of transportation. The Executive Organization Act of 1971 created the N.C. Department of Transportation and Highway Safety, combining the State Highway Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles. In 1974, “Highway Safety” was dropped from the name and the department officially became known as NCDOT. Specialized internal divisions were formally created in the mid-1970s for rail, ferries and public transportation, along with the nation’s first bicycling program, which was expanded in 1992 to include pedestrian activities. Additionally, the aviation function was transferred from the Department of Conservation and Development, and incorporated into the Department of Transportation.
Building a Modern-Day DOT
The 1980s included the initiation of additional modern-day programs, including the NCDOT Wildflower Program as envisioned by First Lady Dottie Martin in 1985, the Adopt-A-Highway Program in 1988, and the Highway Trust Fund, which was created in 1989 by the General Assembly as a dedicated fund for highway construction and improvements.
NCDOT also achieved several other milestones over the subsequent decades that reflect North Carolina’s changing transportation needs, including the establishment of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, which oversees efforts like “Click It or Ticket” and “Booze It and Lose It” in 1993; the creation of the N.C. Turnpike Authority in 2002; and the opening of the state’s first modern toll road, the Triangle Expressway, in 2011. That same year, both the North Carolina Ports and the N.C. Global TransPark became part of NCDOT in an effort to establish a more logistics-based focus and improve coordination.
Over the past two years, under the leadership of Gov. Pat McCrory, North Carolina has continued to implement several other landmark initiatives, including passage of the Strategic Transportation Investments Law in summer 2013. The law established the Strategic Mobility Formula, a data-driven approach that allows the state to make better use of its existing resources and complete more improvements that support economic growth and quality of life in North Carolina. In 2014, Gov. McCrory debuted his 25-Year Vision, which serves as a roadmap for strategic investment in transportation infrastructure and better connects people to work, life and play.
“Transportation has played an integral role in helping North Carolina become what it is today and will continue to be a catalyst for future development and prosperity,” Gov. McCrory said. “Ongoing infrastructure investment is essential to helping North Carolina achieve its full potential over the next 100 years, and we’re working strategically to continue moving forward with our vision in the 21st century.”
“From paving Tobacco Road to the multi-faceted transportation system we have today, NCDOT’s many achievements over the past century are the direct result of the hard work and dedication of our people,” Tata said. “Our many employees over the years, our numerous partners on all levels, the citizens we serve—all continue to work together to make a real difference for North Carolina.”

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Media Advisory: Governor McCrory to Unveil Budget

March 4, 2015 – 5:50 pm

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory will unveil his proposed 2015-2017 budget tomorrow.

 

“We have had to make tough choices to arrive at this comprehensive, thoughtful budget proposal, and I’m proud of what we will accomplish through it,” said Governor McCrory. “The issues our state faces each and every day are thoroughly addressed in this budget, with the priorities of our citizens accurately reflected.”

 

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