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Governor McCrory Says Politicians Should Leave Charlotte Airport Alone

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Earlier this year the state legislature passed a law to force Charlotte to transfer control of the airport to an independent authority. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory waded into the issue. In an interview with Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins, McCrory said the airport should be run like a business – by the private sector.

"I think both the state politicians and the Charlotte politicians ought to get the heck out of the running of the airport," he said.

McCrory added that too often local politicians are getting involved in the day-to-day running of Charlotte Douglas International - something the former Charlotte mayor said did not happen on his watch.

"I didn’t call up Jerry Orr everyday and tell him what contracts he ought to be signing or how to run the baggage claim," McCrory said. "I think as the time went on we are starting to do what other politicians in other cities and that was get involved in day-to-day operations. And I don’t want state politicians to do that either, including this governor."

McCrory also talked about why he’s siding with the North Carolina House on the state’s stalled budget, Medicaid spending, teacher pay and the need to extend some film incentives.

McCrory says the fate of the film incentive program should be decided within the next two weeks. Some in the state legislature are in favor of letting the film incentive program expire. McCrory said he wants to tweak it.

"I hope it's a compromise, which allows us to invest in long-term capital studios just like a long-term manufacturing plant," he said. "But I also don't think we ought to keep the loopholes, where Comedy Central takes $400,000 out of money that could, frankly, go to teachers and go to education."

McCrory was referring to The Daily Show getting a film incentive for less than a week of broadcasting in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention two years ago. State records show the incentive was actually worth $273,000, and it went to The Daily Show's production company, called Hello Doggie.

Listen to the rest of McCrory's comments on Charlotte Talks here.