Gov. Pat McCrory, appearing at the High Point Market, told furniture industry leaders on Saturday that he didn’t make it clear to his budget-writers how much he valued the trade show, The Hickory Daily Record reports.
As a result, McCrory said, he took the blame for proposing in his budget that funding for the twice-yearly market be cut from $1.65 million to $800,000 by the middle of 2014. Earlier this month, McCrory said he supported full funding, the newspaper reports.
McCrory made the remarks at a news conference in Hickory following a private meeting with furniture industry leaders. The event is the largest home furnishings trade show in the world, the Record reports.