- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A key North Carolina state senator wants to change how the state’s primary economic incentives tool is used and promoted so that more benefits go to companies that promise to create jobs in the state’s poorer regions.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Jacksonville is an author of a bill approved Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee that addresses the Job Development Investment Grant. Critics of the grants say too many of them go to companies agreeing to expand in the wealthiest Piedmont counties.

The measure would ensure only half the $20 million available annually through JDIG would be committed to projects in the 20 least economically distressed counties. Job performance bonuses for the state’s economic developers also would be restricted to luring companies to the state’s 80 other counties.

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