North Carolina lawmakers hearing from solar power workers and small biz owners

Associated Press

The solar industry workers want lawmakers to be careful about legislation that would pull back on renewable energy mandates or pull the plug on renewable energy tax credits.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of North Carolina small business owners and solar power workers are coming to Raleigh to talk to and hear from legislators.

General Assembly leaders were scheduled to speak Tuesday to National Federation of Independent Business members visiting the Legislative Building. The federation has been pleased with the state's recent repayment of $2.8 billion in debt owed the federal government for unemployment benefits. It means unemployment insurance taxes that business pays will fall.

The solar industry workers want lawmakers to be careful about legislation that would pull back on renewable energy mandates or pull the plug on renewable energy tax credits. They say the policies have helped build the industry and eliminating or changing policies quickly could mean lost jobs and deflate a growing state business sector.

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