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McCrory tells execs he’s pushing tax changes

DURHAM (AP) — Incoming North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says his top priorities include changing the state’s tax system, and he’s promising bankers and business leaders he’ll push back if special interests try to protect their advantage.

McCrory spoke Wednesday to about 1,100 people at an event hosted by the North Carolina Bankers Association and the state’s chamber of commerce. He’ll be sworn into office on Saturday.

McCrory says he believes North Carolina’s corporate and personal income tax rates are holding back recovery from the Great Recession. He says he expects businesses lobbyists to work to protect the industries and executives who hire them. But the governor-elect says business leaders can expect a call from him if they seek to put their narrow interest before improvements in the state’s long-term economic strength.

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