- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

STOKESDALE, N.C. (AP) - A sleep-deprived Gov. Pat McCrory has signed legislation that he says will keep North Carolina competitive when it comes to bringing jobs to the state.

Only hours after the General Assembly adjourned, McCrory signed the measure Wednesday at Culp, Inc., a textile plant in the town of Stokesdale in Guilford County. The governor said he been up most of the night because he wanted to keep up with developments in the legislature.

The new law extends the state’s chief economic recruitment tool - Job Development Investment Grants - for three more years and increases the value of those rebates that can be offered to companies creating jobs or investing capital. Other targeted tax exceptions are extended or expanded, some benefiting airlines and computer data centers.

McCrory announced later Wednesday that he had signed another five bills on his desk, including a measure that shift all North Carolina primary elections in 2016 to March 15. Also signed was an omnibus farm bill. Its most contentious provision shifts oversight of captive deer farming operations from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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