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Sunday, February 9, 2014

If only they'd tried the "first-born child" gambit

North Carolina can't adequately fund its schools- big cuts got passed last year by its Uniparty Legislature- but they can stump up for this:
North Carolina's pitch — which would have been boosted by local offers — was more than double the largest the state has dangled and successfully landed an employer. Dell Inc. was offered more than $300 million in state and local incentives in 2004 to open a computer assembly plant near Winston-Salem. Most state incentives were never paid, and Dell repaid local governments $26 million in upfront spending after the plant closed in 2010. 
Boeing was shopping for offers for a site to assemble the new 777X airliner two days after union machinists in the Seattle area rejected a contract on Nov. 13 that would have cut worker benefits, according to North Carolina recruiting documents and emails released to The Associated Press in response to a public records request. 
Gov. Pat McCrory spoke to a Boeing executive by phone two days after the union vote and met with others the following week on the sidelines of a Republican Governors Association meeting in Phoenix, recruiting records showed. 
"We will do ANYTHING we can to be helpful with your site selection process," former McCrory adviser Jonathan Felts said in a memo describing what "PLM" told Boeing executives, a likely reference to Patrick Lloyd McCrory. The governor's office did not respond to requests to clarify the identity of PLM... 
The documents show North Carolina submitted three sites to Boeing and offered three levels of incentives for each tied to how much work came to the state. State recruiters considered incentives of up to $780 million for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, $883 million for a site at Greensboro's Piedmont Triad International Airport and $2.5 billion for a factory at Global TransPark near Kinston. 
Those packages were never offered to Boeing, in part because they would have included special tax breaks requiring legislative approval, state Commerce Department spokesman Josh Ellis said. The General Assembly is not scheduled to open its annual meetings until May, though McCrory could call them into a special session.

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