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Editorial: Six must-do tasks to get NC back on track

Posted November 9

Legislative Building

A CBC Editorial: Wednesday, Nov.9, 2016; Editorial# 8079
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

The election’s done. Now it’s time to get down to the real work of reversing North Carolina’s fallback and move ahead. The governor -- whom ever that will be -- and the General Assembly should achieve the following key objectives within 100 calendar days of the legislature’s opening session – by April 20, 2017. These are not matters of partisan difference, but where majorities of North Carolinians agree.

-- Repeal HB2. North Carolina has suffered enough. Get rid of all of it, no strings attached.

-- Enact non-partisan congressional and legislative redistricting. The courts have already ordered new districts, here’s an opportunity to do it right, avoid needless litigation, give North Carolinians fairer representation and maybe even save the taxpayers millions in the process.

-- Expand Medicaid to provide health insurance to 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians. This is a no-brainer. The federal government pays 90 percent of the cost, it creates tens of thousands of jobs, helps keep rural hospitals open and will add about $3 billion to the state’s economy annually.

-- Enact a competitive compensation plan for teachers and principals – and do it before anything’s buried in a proposed state budget. It has been well-documented how badly North Carolina lags in teacher pay and now we see embarrassing reports indicating our pay for school principals is even worse!

-- Reestablish the Teaching Fellows Program. Along with improving pay, we need to re-open the parched pipeline to get our best and brightest leading our classrooms, not leading the exodus to other states.

-- Require accountability and transparency in the private school voucher program. Millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on the “opportunity scholarships” without any requirement or notion that they’re helping educate North Carolina’s children. The standards should require private schools to disclose business operation details and salaries of faculty and administration along with student performance data.

Sure, there are plenty of other things that our governor and legislature need to be doing – and rest assured we’ll have more suggestions.

But here’s a start. State leaders need to develop a plan, work the plan and get this done.

We have a lot of lost ground to make up.

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  • Sick Ofhollywood Nov 11, 5:46 p.m.
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    Do what Dems always do. Promise entitlements and tax / spend others money. Weird how the Dems that always spout "education governor", never gave a raise to teachers in almost 2 decades and ran the state budget into a 2Bill deficit. Now with teachers raises and a surplus, there is money improve education. That's a set back? What's progress, another Easley or Hunt. Do nothings that just spout division and travel on the tax payers dime?

  • Sean Chen Nov 9, 3:49 p.m.
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    Can't wait to see what Roy Cooper will do once in office. How will he repay the big campaign donor checks from CA & Goldman Sachs?

    How fast can he spend the $$$ McCrory has pulled into our state and put into reserve funds?

    I'm certain at the end of his term we'll be in debt again.

  • Carol Smith Nov 9, 2:06 p.m.
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    i am thankful that cooper was elected. mccrory has taken our state back to the dark ages.

  • Carol Smith Nov 9, 2:04 p.m.
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    when hb2 was signed, here had been no reports of incidences in bathrooms. not only that, there are laws already in place that deal with that. hb2 is ignorance disguised as morality,

  • Christopher Ashworth Nov 9, 1:27 p.m.
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    Didn't you learn anything from this election WRAL?? The general public COULD NOT CARE LESS about what you or any other mainstream media thinks!!!! It's time for you to tuck tail and start focusing on the F-A-C-T-S!

  • Dwain Van Houten Nov 9, 1:03 p.m.
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    I tend to believe Cooper will be more successful than the three previous democrats that were governors. This will be because of how extremely bad all of them were! Hopefully, Cooper will have learned from how destructive they have been to this state and at least use some common sense!

  • Teddy Fowler Nov 9, 12:24 p.m.
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    Cooper is probably gonna be about as effective as Beverly Perdue was... she just vetoed everything and somehow hoped it would stick....

  • Josh Anderson Nov 9, 10:27 a.m.
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    The people of North Carolina showed last night in re-electing the state House and Senate to their super majority status, that they are quite alright with what has been done over the past few years, obviously to include HB2. They will not be bullied by the media elite and companies who are trying to hold jobs and prosperity hostage.

  • Arron Lee Nov 9, 9:04 a.m.
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    "NC has suffered enough?" Well when the state government thinks it is better to worry about personal rights of a few over the personal safety of many, that is when the real suffering will start. If Cooper is elected and repeals HB2, is he going to take responsibility when a young child or woman is molested (or worse) because a mixed up person was allowed to enter the wrong bathroom. Hopefully, NC will be able to pay for the lawsuits that will be filed.

  • Justa Mann Nov 9, 8:02 a.m.
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    Maybe because the voters who voted in the GOP are tired of the garbage the liberals spread for the people to clean up.

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