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NC official: MetLife breaks could shut out others

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EMERY P. DALESIO
AP Business Writer

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina business recruiters say a whopping package of about $100 million in state and local incentives to get MetLife Inc. to move 2,600 jobs to North Carolina could stall benefits for other companies or force lawmakers to loosen the rules.

State Commerce Department emails show recruiters knew their big offer to MetLife would consume a big chunk of the annual limits on how much money state officials could promise companies relocating to North Carolina. The emails were released this week after a public records request by The Associated Press.

A top state business recruiter said in emails that MetLife would use more than half of the annual $15 million cap in one incentive program, while pushing another disbursed at Gov. Pat McCrory's discretion to near its limit.

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