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Burr introduces bill to put Brunswick County back into Wilmington MSA

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The fight over the federal government lumping Brunswick County into the Myrtle Beach metro area is apparently not over.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) has introduced legislation to address the decision by Census Bureau and the Office of Management of Budget (OMB) to move Brunswick County from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) to the Myrtle Beach MSA last year.

"Everybody in North Carolina knows that Brunswick County is part of the greater Wilmington area," Sen. Burr said in a statement. "Instead of mindlessly applying bureaucratic rules, the administration needs to address what reality looks like for people in North Carolina."

In a news release, Burr claims the move is hurting eastern North Carolina. He argues MSAs are commonly used by businesses to determine the size of new markets and to analyze the workforce. Separating Brunswick County from Wilmington has led to an understatement of the size of the state's economy in the region and hurt economic development, he says.

If passed, the bill would require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to put Brunswick County back in the same MSA as Wilmington.

Civic and political leaders tried without success to convince OMB to reverse the decision last year.

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Civic and Political Leaders???

I have always been under the impression that "Civic and Political Leaders" were supposed to represent the citizens. Every time this subject is in the media, Brunswick County residents comment that they would rather be associated with Myrtle Beach.

Mr. Burr......... perhaps you should quit "mindlessly applying bureaucratic legislation" and "address what reality looks like for people in" Brunswick County.

Wilmington Observer

What the people want!!!

Burr, get you head out of the sand, the study was viable and proper being in the Myrtle Beach planning area only allows Brunswick county to have input into what federal dollars spent towards the roads needed. this benefits all who pays taxes to the federal government.

Right know myrtle beach has federal tax dollars to spend that would benefit the southern and western parts of Brunswick County. So if roads are to be built by federal dollars why would the southern end of Brunswick county want to give its votes to Wilmington.

If Brunswick county is not in the MBA its in Wilmington's area they will have no say so, because, the population is such that Wilmington gets all the votes, That is why all of the municipalities from Varnum Town to Calabash Voted to be in the Myrtle Beach Planning area.

Wilmington wants the federal dollars by adding the new population growths of Brunswick County so they can use the dollars for Wilmington. This leaves all of the tourist communities as well as Shallotte with no say so or input to were new roads and projects are projected to be. He will never get my vote.

I live in brunswick county

I live in brunswick county and i think that you should quit wasting tax payers money by introducing this bill. The OMB and Census is doing their job and politicans wants to always stick their noses into it because they don't think it will fill their pockets with the big bucks.

Good job Richard

Good to see come common sense legislation......

Vog

up until now I had a little

up until now I had a little respect for Burr, after reading this I can see he is just another politician, getting put in with Myrtle Beach brought Brunswick county up a notch, getting lumped in with Wilmington and New Hanover shows just how backward Brunswick County really is.

Leave us alone

Has Richard Burr consulted Brunswick County in this matter? Does he even care what we want? I know Leland prefers Wilmington because of geography. Bolivia can go either way, but most people I know from that area, go to Myrtle Beach more than Wilmington. Southport and Oak Island can go either way, however, when I was in Oak Island, I still preferred Myrtle Beach to Wilmington and now that I am near the border, I hardly ever go to Wilmington. Wilmington says they want us, but they only want what benefits them. When we go to Myrtle Beach we get treated like the locals. We get discounts just for being locals. What do we get from Wilmington? Nothing, except for being treated like hicks.

I'm from Leland and I can

I'm from Leland and I can tell you I'd rather be lumped in with Myrtle Beach. Wilmington is nothing but a city ran by "Old Wilmington" people, controlled by country club socialites and think that life doesn't exist once you cross over the bridge. However, they want to claim stake to what we have. That's why you see some advertisements about Brunswick Forest, Waterford or Magnolia Greens they call them Wilmington communities. I'm sorry, Wilmington is in New Hanover County...which ends at the bridge. These communities are Leland communities...in Brunswick County. Other than work, I do travel to Myrtle Beach more than Wilmington because Myrtle Beach has more shopping and more entertainment. Burr needs to listen to the people of Brunswick County.

BRUNSWICK GIRL

FYI. BRUNSWICK COUNTY IS IN NC. BOTH END AT THE NC- SC LINE. STILL DON'T SEE HOW A COUNTY IN ONE STATE CAN BE LINKED WITH ANOTHER LIKE THIS. I DON'T CARE WHERE ANYBODY GOES. ITS THEIR RIGHT. I RARELY GO TO EITHER ONE, AND THATS MY RIGHHT.