News: Speaker Moore’s Statement on New Apple Campus Employing 3000 Workers and Investing Over $1 Billion in North Carolina

Raleigh, N.C. – Apple Inc., announced today plans to invest more than $1 billion in North Carolina and build a new campus in Research Triangle Park (RTP) employing 3000 workers. The Cupertino, California based company will use the new campus as an engineering hub to accommodate its growing R&D and operations teams.
The RTP campus will be over 1,000,000 square feet and will run on 100 percent renewable energy. Employees will work in cutting-edge fields such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Software Engineering. Apple will also continue to expand its presence at its data center in Catawba County, where it currently employs nearly 200 employees. 
“The General Assembly is committed to creating the type of business environment where successful companies like Apple can flourish,” said Speaker Tim Moore. “With our pro-growth tax code and policies that prioritize job growth and new investment across the state, the General Assembly has guaranteed that when a company like Apple chooses North Carolina, all of North Carolina wins.” 
As a part of its investment in the state, Apple will establish a $100 million dollar fund to support school and community initiatives in the Raleigh-Durham area and throughout North Carolina. Apple will also contribute more than $110 million in infrastructure spending to the state’s Utility Fund, which goes towards broadband, roads and bridges, and other public infrastructure projects in rural North Carolina.
The total economic benefit to the state from these new investments will total $1.5 billion annually.

NC House of Representatives Unanimously Passes House Bill 370, No Veteran Left Behind

 Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 370: No Veteran Left Behind. This legislation would establish and implement a pilot program to expand the Veterans Justice Intervention program.

The Veterans Justice Intervention program helps justice-involved veterans who suffer from unique mental health and substance abuse issues avoid unnecessary extended incarceration by ensuring that eligible veterans have timely access to veterans’ services.

“We are very fortunate to partner with the Independence Fund” said Speaker Tim Moore. “The work they have done to support veterans has made a tremendous impact and we are excited to continue the work of helping the heroes who have sacrificed so much for us.”

The Bill appropriates a directed grant of $1,000,000 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year to The Independence Fund, Inc., to establish and implement the pilot program. The Independence Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and their families.

 “As a thirty-three year law enforcement veteran, this is a much-needed bill that will be a great benefit to local communities,” said Rep. Charlie Miller (R-Brunswick), who is a primary bill sponsor and the Chief Deputy of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. “I have personally dealt with situations where this training would have been very helpful. I want to thank The Independence Fund for their partnership in this effort to provide law enforcement with additional tools to assist veterans.”

House Bill 370 was sent to the Senate.

Legislature Sends Governor Bill to Provide New Summer School Option for NC Families

Raleigh, N.C. – Today, the General Assembly gave unanimous approval to legislation to create a new summer school option for students who have fallen behind due to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, House Bill 82, Summer Learning Choice for NC Families, will create a six week in-person and fully funded summer school program available to every family if they so choose. 

In-Person Learning Requirements Approved by North Carolina House of Representatives

The agreement goes beyond vetoed S.B. 37 to require elementary schools reopen full-time to all students under Plan A

Raleigh, N.C. – The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Thursday to an agreement to reopen North Carolina classrooms for students, unanimously passing a measure that goes beyond the previously vetoed Senate Bill 37 to require elementary school classrooms offer in-person instruction.

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Local School Reopening Bill Scheduled for House K-12 Committee As Governor Blocks Classroom Access

Raleigh, N.C. – Legislation to allow some local North Carolina school districts to safely reopen full-time notwithstanding the Governor’s veto of classroom access for students will be considered next week, the House Education K-12 Committee announced today.

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