Some lawmakers want to change how the state spends taxpayer money to bring jobs to North Carolina.
They want to reorganize the Department of Commerce and cut $500,000 from the Charlotte Regional Partnership.
From insurance company MetLife to AT&T's data center, Charlotte Regional Partnership said its marketing has helped attract a lot of jobs to the area.
It's partly why CEO Ronnie Bryant didn't expect a Senate bill cutting all of its state funding.
"We were a little surprised," Bryant said.
He said the state has been reducing funding over the years, however, and that he is confident CRP can find a way survive without the money.
The cuts, which are part of an effort to reorganize the Department of Commerce, would remove the money as early as July. It constitutes about 17 percent of the organization's budget.
Bryant said he'll come up with a plan by mid-June.
He'll review expenses to see where he can cut costs and try to get additional private funding. But he wants to protect the marketing budget.
"I'm not predicting that we will spend one less dollar on our marketing activities," he said.
State lawmakers say the proposed changes are about improving the process of creating jobs through the Department of Commerce and that Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker will share more details next week.
Still, some taxpayers aren't impressed.
"I think keep it locally," Terry O'Neal said. "The more government layers we get, the Department of Commerce, no."
"In my humble opinion I think the more state government intrudes, the worse things get," Dan McComas said.
It's a concern for John Cox, CEO of Cabarrus County Economic Development Corporation.
The county pays the CRP about $50,000 a year to market it to potential new employers.
He said if the cuts affect the CRP's effectiveness, he could pull that money and work with other counties instead.
"Whether it's by three or four of us working together or through a partnership ... we would still have to figure that out," he said.