NCACC Federal Issues

The Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners adopted 11 federal legislative priorities for the 2015-16 Congressional Biennium during its Feb. 4, 2015, meeting in Raleigh.

Counties originally submitted more than 2 dozen proposals to be considered. NCACC staff combined some of the proposals and came up with a list of 10 proposals for the Board to consider. At the request of Surry County Commissioner Larry Phillips, the Board approved an additional goal during the meeting dealing with the subject of human trafficking.

The proposals will be presented to the N.C. Congressional Delegation during the NCACC's annual Congressional Breakfast, which will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. Click on the links below to download a copy of our comprehensive federal issues packet with detailed information on each goal, or a 1-pager (front and back) with a brief summary of each goal.

The association partnered with our federal advisor, Leslie Mozingo and Strategics, to develop these documents. We hope you find this information useful as you plan for your trip to Washington, D.C., for the NACo Legislative Conference. If you have any questions regarding these materials, please contact Johanna Reese or Leslie Mozingo.

NCACC 2015-16 Federal Legislative Goals


  1. Support the Marketplace Fairness Act and remote sales tax collection.
  2. Oppose unfunded mandates to counties.
  3. Protect Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Social Services Block Grants, Food and Nutrition, and the Public Health Fund.
  4. Support federal funding for: payment in lieu of taxes; Cooperative Extension programs; broadband access in rural areas; community development block grants; and set asides for other county-related infrastructure projects.
  5. Support realistic, fair and enforceable immigration reform.
  6. Oppose expansion of federal control under the Clean Water Act.
  7. Preserve the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.
  8. Support increased funding for military and veteran programs, including Impact Aid and support services for veterans.
  9. Support reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and increased appropriations to LWCF and the State Assistance Program.
  10. Support streamlining of federal EMS oversight and funding procedures.
  11. Support legislation to end human trafficking.