The Governor and the legislature need to work together to get better-paying jobs for North Carolina.
The announcement means Pryor and Cotton now hold the same position: Opposition to raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, as President Obama has called for, but support for raising the state minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.
Pryor has previously criticized Cotton for declining to take a stance on the state push, and Cotton's comments remove minimum wage as a wedge issue for him just days after the measure officially qualified for the ballot.
On the minimum wage, Brannon said a federal standard is unconstitutional. Tillis responded: "If there's going to be a minimum wage, it's a decision that needs to be made by the states--not the federal government."
Booker and Scott are unveiling a proposal that would promote apprenticeships in highly-skilled trades, a move designed to help fill millions of technical jobs in the construction, manufacturing energy and telecommunications industries, while also creating jobs for younger Americans, especially minorities struggling to find work.
Booker and Scott's LEAP Act (Leveraging and Energizing America's Apprenticeship Programs) would provide tax credits to employers who offer apprenticeships to younger job applicants. Companies that offer apprenticeships to people under age 25 would receive a $1,500 tax credit and a $1,000 credit for apprentices above age 25. Apprenticeships, unlike office internships, offer a combination of on-the-job training and instruction in highly-skilled occupations.
And let me tell you this right now. I did it as mayor, and I'll do it again as governor. No one will out work this governor, or this team or any of you in our effort to grow, recruit and retain North Carolina jobs. We will be on the road and we're going to sell our great resources that we have. This is my job, this is your job. We've got a great product.
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