Prior to the 2010 elections, our state and country were clearly headed in the wrong direction. North Carolina’s increasingly anti-business legislature had increased spending at an alarming rate – state spending had gone up over 300 percent in the last 20 years while our population had only grown 42%. To keep up with state spending, taxes were being increased to the point where the overall tax burden in the state is one of the highest in the Southeast, causing prospective industry to stay away and North Carolina’s economy and jobs to lag behind. Something needed to be done to improve the business environment in our state.
A Record of Success
In 2010, a group of concerned industry leaders launched Real Jobs NC to support pro-business candidates in 19 state legislative races. Our 1.7 million dollar voter education campaign helped to elect 16 pro-business candidates, giving business-friendly leadership control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in more than a century.
Decades of anti-business policies cannot be overcome in a single legislative cycle. The new leadership has made great strides to make North Carolina more business-friendly by passing comprehensive Worker’s Compensation reform, protecting our status as a “Right to Work” state, passing tort reform and reducing taxes for North Carolina families and businesses. But there is still more work to be done.
In 2012, Real Jobs NC will continue applying resources where they will make the most difference – defending business-friendly incumbents; supporting fiscally responsible minded challengers and open-seat candidates
Real Jobs NC is here to pass on the information and to help keep pro-business majorities that will make North Carolina more job-friendly. Join us and support our efforts to bring real jobs back to North Carolina.