McCrory promotes local grants taken credit for by speaker

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH, — Gov. Pat McCrory is taking credit for municipal revitalization grants in the North Carolina state budget he signed in September, even though the House speaker said previously he originated the idea.

McCrory’s office announced Wednesday $96,000 grants each to Dunn, Hendersonville, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton and Pembroke. They come from $1.25 million the budget earmarked for 13 specific municipalities.

The governor’s release says the package was something McCrory “secured in the state budget.” Yet Speaker Tim Moore said in October “the grants were completely my idea.” They mostly benefited communities represented by Moore’s political allies.

McCrory Press Secretary Graham Wilson said later Wednesday the governor has consistently supported the “Main Street” revitalization program and his budget office signs the checks. Lawmakers funded Wednesday’s grants separately from the “Main Street Solutions” initiative.