State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Jobs


Dan Forest: 2012: minimum wage laws unfair intrusion into labor market

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Dan Forest: No recent position found. In 2012 called minimum wage laws "an unfair intrusion into the labor market" that "hurt the employment opportunities for unskilled labor."

Roy Cooper: Yes. Will "work with the General Assembly to see how high we can get it. $15 is an admirable goal."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Phil Scott: Supported right-to-work, vetoed family medical leave

Q: Support "right- to-work" laws, eliminating unions' ability to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Phil Scott: Mixed. Has supported a right-to-work law and vetoed a family medical leave bill. But has also supported teachers' right to strike.

David Zuckerman: No. Such laws "harm union and non-union workers by depressing union membership and limiting [their] effectiveness."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Phil Scott: Vetoed bill that raised minimum wage

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Phil Scott: No. Vetoed bill that would have raised state minimum wage in 2020, predicting "overall negative impact on economic growth."

David Zuckerman: Yes. "Ensuring that the minimum wage keeps pace with the cost of living will help those working full time."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Roy Cooper: $15 "admirable goal" for minimum wage

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Roy Cooper: Yes. Will "work with the General Assembly to see how high we can get it. $15 is an admirable goal."

Dan Forest: No recent position found. In 2012 called minimum wage laws "an unfair intrusion into the labor market" that "hurt the employment opportunities for unskilled labor."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Cal Cunningham: For workplace protections, supports NC's right to work laws

Q: Support "right to work" laws, banning unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?

Cal Cunningham: Mixed. Endorsed by major unions. Calls for a "living wage" and defending workplace protections. In 2014 endorsed state's unique "right-to-work laws."

Thom Tillis: Yes. Co-sponsored National Right to Work Act. As state speaker of the House, vowed to keep North Carolina "the least unionized state in the United States."

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 North Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Thom Tillis: Co-sponsored National Right to Work Act

Q: Support "right to work" laws, banning unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?

Thom Tillis: Yes. Co-sponsored National Right to Work Act. As state speaker of the House, vowed to keep North Carolina "the least unionized state in the United States."

Cal Cunningham: Mixed. Endorsed by major unions. Calls for a "living wage" and defending workplace protections. In 2014 endorsed state's unique "right-to-work laws."

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 North Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Cal Cunningham: Raise the minimum wage; support equal pay for equal work

Cal will fight for a more equitable economy and living wage in every community by standing with workers to support efforts to promote good-paying full-time jobs with benefits, rein in the cost of higher education and health care, defend workplace protections, and finally raise the minimum wage. And at a time when women in North Carolina and across the country still don't earn equal pay for equal work, Cal will support efforts to close the wage gap and ensure paycheck fairness for all women.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Senate campaign website CalForNC.com Jun 10, 2020

Al Pisano: Don't legally require hiring more women/minorities

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Legally require hiring more women/minorities"?

A: Strongly oppose

Source: OnTheIssues 2020 interview on North Carolina Governor race Apr 30, 2020

Dan Forest: State should look to the future in attracting companies

It is time for North Carolina to cast a vision for the future and determine what markets and industries we need to attract to provide well paying jobs for our citizens. As the world economy transitions, we must make sure that our education system is prepared, but also that our state is prepared and that we are willing to do the hard work to attract the right types of companies.
Source: News & Observer on 2020 North Carolina gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2020

Holly Grange: Recruit American companies bringing good, high paying jobs

I will be a jobs champion for North Carolina. We will work to recruit rock solid American companies to our state and ensure we're bringing good, high paying jobs. We will work to train a workforce that is ready for the 21st Century economy. The best way to lift someone out of poverty is with a great job. My mission will be to give families that financial security. I want families to not just have a job that allows them to survive, but to save and go on vacation.
Source: News & Observer on 2020 North Carolina gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2020

Holly Grange: Companies getting incentives must bring new local jobs

I believe in attracting companies that do business the right way and bring with them good paying jobs. I believe any incentives should ensure that the jobs promised are delivered. We need guarantees from companies that new jobs are North Carolina hires and that infrastructure investments benefit our communities. We need to be competitive with neighboring states in attracting these businesses.
Source: News & Observer on 2020 North Carolina gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2020

Erica Smith: Raise minimum wage to $15/hour by 2024

LIVE-ABLE WAGE (increasing the minimum wage)-- I support a federal baseline for an incremental increase in the minimum wage, indexed with inflation to $12 by 2020 and $15/hour by 2024.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Senate website EricaForUS.org Feb 7, 2020

Erica Smith: Supports labor movement & collective bargaining

As a former union member, and representative, I support the labor movement and its backbone of bargaining in interest of workers who make America work, day in and day out.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Senate website EricaForUS.org Feb 7, 2020

Dan Forest: Train guidance counselors to help students enter trades

Train guidance counselors in opportunities in apprenticeships and community colleges. Under the Forest administration, schools will have more counselors who specialize in helping students explore the opportunities in the skilled trades and high-demand fields. They'll also help interact with local businesses, who constantly tell me that they can't find workers prepared for the jobs of today.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Governor campaign website DanForest.com Dec 3, 2019

Dan Forest: Assistance for veterans joining state law enforcement

Many veterans in our state have already transitioned to successful careers in law enforcement. Troops2Troopers will put State Highway Patrol and other state law enforcement recruiters directly alongside military staff to work with outgoing service-members on a plan for their new career. We'll pay for them to go through Basic Law Enforcement Training, and then recruits who complete training and pledge five years of service will receive a signing bonus of $10,000.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Governor campaign website DanForest.com Dec 3, 2019

Eric Mansfield: Highly skilled work force drives sustained prosperity

On North Carolina's Economic Recovery: We need a workforce which attracts businesses to Cumberland County. A highly skilled work force will drive the next generation of sustained prosperity in our county and state.
Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 North Carolina Senate race Sep 9, 2019

Roy Cooper: NC Job Ready: state helps train students, handle expenses

There are thousands of jobs available from advanced manufacturing to construction to technology in health care, jobs that offer better pay, yet employers tell me they struggle to find the skilled workers they need. That's why we started NC Job Ready, a program that trains workers in the skills employers need. Our finish line grants help community college students living on the economic edge when they face unexpected costs like car repairs, medical emergencies, and childcare.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to North Carolina congress Feb 25, 2019

Roy Cooper: Grow out Unemployment Trust Fund to more than $2 billion

Our economy is recovering. But our unemployment rate is still 5.3%, still slightly above the national average. Meanwhile, our Unemployment Trust Fund has grown to more than $2 billion. That's good. But we must use this opportunity and these funds to help for those who can't find work, while also taking a deeper look at those who are chronically unemployed.

The Governor and the legislature need to work together to get better-paying jobs for North Carolina.

Source: 2017 North Carolina State of the State address Mar 13, 2017

Tom Cotton: Yes on minimum wage of $8.25, but no minimum-wage-economy

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is backing a state proposal to increase Arkansas's minimum wage, a move that could muddle a major attack from Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR). "I'm going to vote for that initiated act as a citizen, but as Arkansas's next US senator I'm going to make sure that we have a healthy economy, not the kind of minimum-wage economy that Barack Obama and Mark Pryor have created. The minimum wage should be a floor and a stepping stone to higher-wage jobs, not a ceiling," Cotton said about the state initiative.

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.

Source: The Hill weblog on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Sep 5, 2014

Thom Tillis: Opposes federal minimum wage; but let states decide

Thom Tillis [debated his primary opponents, including] tea party activist Greg Brannon, who attacked the state House speaker as softer than him on immigration, health care, education, gun rights and other issues. While mostly playing it safe, Tillis staked out a series of positions on the right that could hurt him in the general election: agreeing with the other three candidates on stage that climate change is not an established fact, opposing a federal minimum wage and suggesting that he might want to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.

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."

Source: Politico.com on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Apr 22, 2014

Tim Scott: $1,000 tax credit for job-training apprenticeships

Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC), the two African-American members of the US Senate, are bridging significant political differences and teaming up on legislation for the first time.

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.

Source: Washington Post on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Apr 9, 2014

Pat McCrory: Recruit and retain N.C. jobs, in RTP and in small towns

Our biggest challenge, as I travel the state right now, is not just developing jobs in a growing urban area--sometimes it's much easier to sell the Triangle area or the Charlotte area or the Triad area. But right now I think our biggest challenge is to develop a strategy for the small towns in North Carolina that have been hit so hard by this recession. And that's exactly what we plan to do. We've got to work with the small towns of North Carolina. There are too many people hurting in those towns.

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.

Source: 2013 North Carolina State of the State Address Feb 18, 2013

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