State commerce secretary tours Cherry Point

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 14:59 PM.

She said she was unaware that McCrory’s proposed state budget had no funds to support lobbying efforts to protect North Carolina military bases.

"To be quite frank, I don’t know the specifics of that, but the folks did share that with me and I agreed that I would look at that information," she said. "I do not know the specifics about allocations for these lobbying purposes."

But she said residents should not think that the military doesn’t have the support of the governor and the state.

"Our military installations in North Carolina are extremely important to us," she said. "We not only want these bases to remain strong and great places of employment, but we want to ensure that North Carolina is the kind of place where the men and women come out of the military that they want to stay, that this is the kind of place where they want to find their long-term opportunity," Decker said.

Decker said she was aware of concerns over the possible placement of wind turbines near military airfields.

"When we talk about the viability of our military bases, encroachment is an issue and we need to be sure that we have the physical setting that is necessary for the expansion of our bases and for fly zones that are free and not obscured in any way, so I know that this is an issue," she said.

Decker also met with Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders and said she plans a return trip to the area in about two months for follow-up meeting. 



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