To some, NC Sound Economy “sounds” a wee bit, um. fishy

The NC Chamber came out with a rather cheery release yesterday: 

The North Carolina Chamber, a nonpartisan business advocacy organization, has joined the NC Sound Economy initiative to strengthen coastal livelihoods, raise incomes and make coastal communities more resilient. The effort will support solutions that maximize economic benefits in many of our state’s non-urban coastal communities.

Along with NC Sound Economy, the North Carolina Chamber supports the solutions contained in House Bill 867, the Coastal Fisheries Conservation and Economic Development Act. The legislation aims to update fisheries management laws, streamline regulatory decision making, and grow the entire state’s fishing economy.

“Improving our coastal fishing economies will have positive impacts across our whole state,” said Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber. “As the state’s largest business advocacy organization, our priority is to proactively drive positive change to ensure that North Carolina is a leading place in the world to do business. House Bill 867 and the research presented by NC Sound Economy clearly demonstrate the opportunity that our state has, today, to improve our coastal fishing economies for future generations.”

This year, NC Sound Economy commissioned a study to examine various fisheries management strategies for North Carolina. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), in collaboration with an economist from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), finds that if House Bill 867 is passed, our state’s fishing economy stands to gain:[…] 

You can tell a lot about these quasi-political groups by who they hire to lobby for them.  According to the secretary of state’s web site, NC Sound Economy has hired: (1) Betsy McCorkle, the hands-down queen of solar subsidies, (2) Scott Laster, current lobbyist for the CCA, NCGOP ED under Robin Hayes during his prior chairmanship, and BFF with Thom Tilli$$$$$, and (3) Nathan Babock, until recently the political director of the NC Chamber.

The CCA association is raising all kinds of red flags along the coast.  (The CCA IS enthusiastically endorsing NC Sound Economy.) That group was very successful in lobbying Pat McCrory and his administration to level some regulatory hits on the region’s vital commercial fishing industry.  In fact, the president of the Outer Banks chamber is already distancing her organization from the NC Chamber’s move:


7 comments for “To some, NC Sound Economy “sounds” a wee bit, um. fishy

  1. Browny Douglas
    May 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I emailed Lew Ebert this a m and kindly asked him to tell me how many of the 100 counties he conferred with about the chamber endorsement. My suspicion is he has forgotten how to spell zero or none. Chairman ,shouldn’t be Robin Hayes , Rep John Bell and other American Tarheel misfits are force feeding propaganda to anyone who will give them a wink of time.
    So, the unsound economy bunch got a study done before they were even official as to what and who they are with the State dept. Smell of cronyism reeks. Corporate marine funding has allowed the 100,000 National members of the CCA to push all user groups aside through the 17 coastal States that they have infiltrated. Except themselves OF COURSE. The AVERAGE angler is not able to catch enough fish to feed a cat much less provide a meal for the family. Thom Tillis warned me of this in 2013. He is very familiar with elitism, you know. Will N C survive the onslaught? Only time and the actions of the at heart American Tarheels in the General Assembly will tell if N C is going to stay in the FRESH seafood business.

    Browny Douglas

    • Browny Douglas
      May 10, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Please edit to read. The average angler due to absurd rules and regulations

  2. Toxhandler
    May 10, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    After reading all this, I had to laugh at remembering that practically the first thing out of Hayes’ mouth at the Raleigh Republicans debate was to accuse Womack of being divisive.

  3. GUWonder
    May 10, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    My guess is that there are some big seafood importers tied in with the Chamber and they want to eliminate their competitors in the fresh seafood business. The Chamber is all about crony capitalism, and this maneuver reeks of it.

  4. john steed
    May 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

    The fact that the Chamber of Commerce have become a pack of left wing whores is shown by the fact that they are running a media blitz right now in the rhe GOP runoff for Mick Mulvaney’s seat in the special election for a liberal trial lawyer who is running against a conservative businessman. They back liberals to the point of backing a trial lawyer over a businessman. The Chamber of Commerce is very badly bent.

  5. Browny Douglas
    May 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Interestingly with reference to importers, one of the very first new businesses brought to N C , Pender County I believe it was, by the McCrory team was one that provided 16 jobs for the purpose of “importing and redistributing seafood.”

    Browny Douglas

  6. Browny Douglas
    May 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Another point of interest. From a very crediable source I am told a letter was passed around the table URGING ROBIN HAYES to run again for GOP Ch. The table was at the Dec ex comm meeting but the central committee was using it at the time. THIRTEEN district chairmen as well as several central comm members signed it. It was presented to Hayes later at Central committee meeting then AGAIN later on that night at the Christmas party.
    Robin Hayes is a fake Trump supporter. What were they thinking? Are all of those that signed TAINTED? Hard to reason otherwise isn’t it?

    Makes so glad to have Jim Womack to endorse.

    Browny Douglas
    Dare GOP Ch

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