05.21.14

Senator Burr Introduces Legislation Affecting Brunswick County

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Burr (R-NC) introduced legislation to correct a mistake by the Census Bureau and the Office of Management of Budget (OMB) that is hurting eastern North Carolina. A year ago, OMB issued new delineations for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) that arbitrarily separated Brunswick County from the Wilmington metropolitan area. 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. Despite repeated outreach from Senator Burr, as well as civic and business leaders from the Brunswick County and Wilmington areas, the Obama Administration has failed to address this mistake.

If passed, this legislation would settle the issue by requiring the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to consider Brunswick County to be part of the same metropolitan statistical area as Wilmington, North Carolina-- just like it always has been.

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

You can read the bill texthere.