- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An economic recruitment package sought by Gov. Pat McCrory and anchored by renewed funding for North Carolina’s chief incentives tool has received initial approval by the full House.

The chamber voted 87-32 for the measure Wednesday, one day after it cleared the House’s two largest committees.

McCrory’s administration has said the Job Development Investment Grant was essentially out of money, and an influx is needed for North Carolina to compete with other states as corporations consider expanding.

The bill also puts $20 million in an infrastructure fund, extends sales tax fuel refunds for airline carriers and widens tax breaks for computer data centers.

Republican and Democratic House members opposed the measure. They say rural communities have been left out of the state’s prosperity and government shouldn’t dole out cash incentives.

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