As state legislators continue to hammer out the budget, citizens of all political persuasions are awaiting word on the fate of this region’s bustling film business. And that’s why this morning, a contingent of officials and residents from the Wilmington area gathered in Raleigh’s legislative building to plead with lawmakers to extend the current film incentive tax credits—instead of switching to a grant program, which they say would eliminate jobs. But rather than demonstrating film’s bona fides within the Cape Fear region, local lawmakers focused on its statewide benefits.
Film incentives are the ticket to keeping more than four-thousand full-time jobs in the state. That was a central theme Wednesday morning in Raleigh during a press conference where state and city leaders, film industry workers, and industry supporters gathered to celebrate Film Day at the General Assembly.
North Carolina’s public schoolteachers have a new advocate. The group Aim Higher N.C. formed last year around a single objective: Raising educators’ salaries to match the national average. On Monday, affiliated teachers and parents gathered for a rally at Wilmington’s downtown library. And the mission has already gained local legislative support.
North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, is now stepping away from her recently-accepted position as Carolina Beach’s Town Manager.
A newly-uncovered state statute means Hamilton cannot hold both her seat in the General Assembly and the full-time job as Carolina Beach Town Manager. Hamilton says she acted on good faith accepting the position – fully expecting to serve both the municipality and District 18. But what Hamilton calls an “obscure” state law requires her to resign from her seat in the state House if she serves as town manager in a municipality with more than 3-thousand people.
Hamilton says this new information changes her decision. And because of the November election, there’s a great deal more that she says she expects to do on behalf of her constituency – which is made up of parts of New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. Battles involving women, minorities, children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and teachers are fights that Hamilton says she will continue to fight.
On Thursday, local leaders from beach towns, the City of Wilmington, UNCW and Cape Fear Community College joined New Hanover County Commissioners and newly-elected state leaders for the first meeting of the local officials’ caucus.