Grow Our Region’s Economy
(Tax Reform, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Small Business)
Sustain a Military Friendly Climate: Provide necessary resources & support for local communities to protect the
current strategic mission of military bases in the East. Reintroduce and support the Military Operations Protection
Act to protect the training and low-level flight routes around our military installations. Continue initiative to
recognize military training towards state requirements and to expand access to institutions of higher education.
Support for the Preservation Trust Fund’s request of $12,820,865 in matching funds for the protection of 25,000
acres of farmland and forestland within NC in order to fund conservation easements and to preserve training
capabilities around military bases in NC.
Address Needs of Veterans: Eastern NC is home to a larger percentage of active duty military and Veterans than
any other region of the state. We encourage the General Assembly to explore state options that would expand
medical care for veterans.
Continue Health Care Reform: Continue efforts to reform Medicaid that include a provider led model of care
phased in over 5 years and preservation of supplemental payments. Increase the number of North Carolinians with
health insurance by increasing Medicaid eligibility standards to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Preserve
Certificate of Need.
Preserve Hospital Sales Tax Exemption: Hospitals do more than their fair share for communities every day. A
change to the tax code may cost hospitals about 30 percent of their annual revenue stream. This would cripple their
ability to deliver on their mission to provide patient care.
Support Models for Regional Health Care Delivery: Support the integration of Vidant Medical Group and ECU
Improve Medical Education Infrastructure: The 40-year-old Brody medical education building has substantial
deferred maintenance needs, is outdated and not configured for 21st century, state-of-the-art medical education and
research. The outdated facility negatively impacts the ability to recruitment and retain physicians, faculty and
researchers. Support ECU’s request for planning funds ($14.3M) for the construction of a new state-of-the-art
medical education and research facility.
Address NC’s Health Care Workforce Needs by Expanding Brody Class Size: ECU continues to deliver on its
mission of educating primary care physicians who remain in NC to practice. Brody consistently ranks in the top
10% of U.S. medical schools for graduating physicians who (a)practice in the state (b)practice primary care and (c)
practice in rural and underserved areas. To address the critical need for primary care physicians in NC, particularly
rural areas, support ECU’s request for recurring funds to incrementally increase Brody class size to 120 students per
Economic Development: Predominately rural Eastern North Carolina is not seeing the economic growth being
enjoyed by more urban areas of the state. NCEAC encourages our delegation to make it a priority of the Department
of Commerce or the Economic Development Partnership of NC to create and implement a true rural development
Empower Our Region’s Leadership
Eastern Region Caucus: NCEAC formally requests that legislators in our region form a “Recognized Joint” Eastern
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