Urban-rural divide common to NC politics altered as Charlotte, Raleigh grow, Republicans rule

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Division between urban and rural interests isn't new to the North Carolina legislature. But the fissure is getting a new look from Republicans now in charge of state government.

The disparity between economic boom in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham compared to the rest of the state are likely to shape debate over an economic incentives package filed in the House and sought by GOP Gov. Pat McCrory.

An awards limit for the state's primary economic incentives tool rises in the bill. But Republican non-urban lawmakers will surely notice data showing 86 percent of the monetary value of these awards has gone to projects in Mecklenburg, Wake and Durham counties in the past two years.

McCrory and legislative leaders say they want all parts of the state to prosper.

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