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Big changes coming to NC, McCrory says

Posted March 27, 2013
Updated March 28, 2013

— Speaking Wednesday to about 500 municipal leaders from across the state, Gov. Pat McCrory said he's working on big changes for the Tar Heel state and several major areas of government in an effort to market North Carolina for business.

Among the plans, he said, are changes, outside of the box in some ways, to the Department of Transportation. He hinted that they have to do with connectivity of commerce and trade through the needed infrastructure of road, rails, ports and airports.

McCrory promised another major announcement on tax reform, saying the state is not competitive with income and corporate tax right now.

McCrory also said he's in talks with a major CEO who is considering a move to North Carolina but that the state doesn't currently have the kind of workers needed for the company.

That's why, he said, changes to education are also expected.

McCrory, however, did not provide any details of the announcements, saying they will be released in the coming weeks and months.

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  • BurninStick Mar 28, 7:59 p.m.

    conservative voter, you're taking issue with my statement that NC public university and community college systems offer some of the best instruction available to all comers? I should clarify my contention for you: to all comers who Desire the undertake studies that satisfy skill sets that the market Desires. For instance, EE degree program vs. Lib Arts? Students determine their course of study. If the market demands tech skills, Psyc majors like me will not likely be considered for hire. If there becomes a need for analyzing, say personality factors that lead folks to.make bonehead comments on a news blog, maybe I'll get a shot at the job.

  • miseem Mar 28, 7:48 p.m.

    It's that way because the General Assembly has made it that way. Rather than letting state agencies keep money that they save, they (a) make them send it back and (b) cut their allotment next year, on the assumption that the state agency doesn't need it. The problem is that agencies' needs vary year to year; you may not need it this year but may next year.jason.

    You and a couple of others are on track. People keep talking about state budgets versus household budgets. Your household may set aside a certain amount for car repair one year. If you hit low, you may take it to cover a new water heater for the house. That doesn't mean that you cut your car repair budget for the next year by the amount you didn't use the last year. Problem is that's what all government units do.

  • samr Mar 28, 6:56 p.m.

    "McCrory, however, did not provide any details of the announcements, saying they will be released in the coming weeks and months."

    That sounds a lot like a typical politician to me and I had always thought McCrory had potential because he did not sound like a typical poltician. He just said a lot and said nothing at the same time. Hot air.

  • babbleon Mar 28, 6:13 p.m.

    But I actually *liked* NC and Wake Co the way it was, up until about 2009. A lot of other people must have too, given the 'fastest growing metro area in the US' we got for 2000 - 2010. Our climate, schools, business climate, and quality of life were not perfect, but they were pretty darn good and generally improving.

    Our fiscal responsibility and solid value let the triangle weather the Great Recession better than most of the country.

    And now McCrory and his pals are going to tear up things that make this state attractive to businesses, just so they can put a little more money in their buddy's pockets. Great.

  • lwe1967 Mar 28, 6:11 p.m.

    Sounds as if he is trying. Whether he succeeds or not, we shall see, but we should give him a chance. He's just getting started.

  • jason19 Mar 28, 5:05 p.m.

    "I can't tell you how many times I was told to go spend several hundred thousand dollars at the end of the quarter so we wouldn't lose it next quarter. So much waste it made me sick."

    It's that way because the General Assembly has made it that way. Rather than letting state agencies keep money that they save, they (a) make them send it back and (b) cut their allotment next year, on the assumption that the state agency doesn't need it. The problem is that agencies' needs vary year to year; you may not need it this year but may next year.

  • 68_dodge_polara Mar 28, 4:32 p.m.

    Finally Progression. Regression is what we've had when the Dems were in charge of this great state of North Carolina.

  • SubwayScoundrel Mar 28, 4:26 p.m.

    Big things coming from Gov and GOP like Limiting voting, getting rid of helmets for Harleys and making school buses go faster.

    Nothing like creating jobs there Gov and GOP

  • happy2.0 Mar 28, 4:19 p.m.

    Big John, I agree...I worked for a community college in another state and the exact same thing happened. I worked in the library and they would horde their money and at the end of the year (they weren't on a quarterly system), they would send out PO after PO for books that they had no need or want for but they had to spend the cash!

  • luannlittle Mar 28, 3:54 p.m.

    Regression is a bad thing..con, and all we've had is regression the last two months. If you think we can educate people with less money, poorer health care, county commissioners building schools, then we are in a great position for the future.

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