HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) -- The world's largest furniture market kicks off with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory apologizing to industry executives after first proposing to cut state funding for the trade show.
McCrory held a private meeting at the High Point Market on Saturday with 40 furniture industry leaders who objected to the governor's proposal to cut state funding for the organization that sets up the twice-a-year event.
The High Point Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/11rokdb) McCrory took the blame for proposing to cut $1.6 million in state funding nearly in half by mid-2014. The governor says he didn't make clear to his budget-writers to preserve state spending on the market that attracts about 80,000 furniture buyers and sellers to High Point.
Furniture industry executives praised McCrory for his willingness to reverse his initial decision.