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McCrory: 'Tough negotiations' ahead

Posted June 14, 2013

— Gov. Pat McCrory says he and state lawmakers are "on the cusp" of a budget and tax package agreement, but he concedes "tough negotiations" still lie ahead before a deal is reached. 

McCrory said Friday that he and legislative leaders are "very close to an agreement" on cutting income and corporate tax rates to make the North Carolina more competitive with bordering states.  

"We’ve got a great line of communication, and we’re actively involved and working with the House and the Senate and have been since day one," he said. 

"Of course, the devil’s in the details for the next two weeks," he added. "As the governor, I've got to make sure the numbers add up to allow me to operate government in an efficient and effective way.

"There’s a little sensitivity. We’re stepping on a few toes of some very strong special interest groups, both Republican and Democrat. But you know, I didn’t come here to please everyone. I came here to try to make a positive difference in the future of North Carolina."

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McCrory touted the progress of legislation written to enable his administration's agenda. 

"We’re going to be reforming transportation. We’re going to be fixing Medicaid. We’re going to be transforming the Department of Commerce. We’re going to be changing the State Personnel Act. And we’re going to be introducing energy legislation and passing energy legislation which possibly can allow for energy exploration in North Carolina," he said. "If we can get all those done in six months, I’ll be very, very pleased."

His commerce and transportation reform efforts have met resistance from advocates for rural and minority communities, who say they're being left out as resources move toward urban areas. McCrory dismissed those concerns. 

"I have some groups from both rural and urban areas that want to keep the status quo," he said. "They want to keep the current systems that aren’t working, and a lot of these systems were patronage systems that, frankly, didn’t get results and cost a lot of money."

He also said he was "misquoted" in reports that he told last weekend’s state GOP convention the Moral Monday protests were bringing in “outsiders,” but he didn't offer a clarification of his comment. 

The governor said he "welcomes lawful protest" but said that wouldn't include the more than 300 arrests so far.  

"What I don’t want is just gimmicks for the media. I want sound dialogue and sound content on what we can do to improve North Carolina," he said. "We need to respectfully disagree. We can’t call one group 'moral,' which gives the impression that another group is immoral. We all care for North Carolina."  

Asked whether the protests have had an impact on his thinking, McCrory said no.

"I think we’ve agreed to disagree," he said. "I actually, many times, don’t know what their agenda is. I know what my agenda is, and it’s improving education, improving the economy and improving government efficiency."

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  • ljohnson247 Jun 17, 2:08 p.m.

    People, think about it, what would the DEMS be doing. Worst, they would be trying to line their pockets with taxpayer money. Give some hard thought to it. Let the GOV do his job. He was elected for four years at witch time if he is not doing what the majority wants, then vote him. But, in the mean time work with him and let him what must be done in the right way.

  • dawgitall Jun 17, 1:26 p.m.

    "Pay for a degree is a terrible idea. Pay should be determined on merit. I know plenty of people with higher degrees that have no common sense and are not intelligent."

    That is an amazingly ignorant statement. Graduate work improves knowledge and skills in a particular area of study. I would hope everyone wants their children's teachers to be as knowledgeable and skilled at their job as is possible. In a free enterprise economy the motivation is financial reward. Take that away and the motivation is simply a desire to be the best teacher you can be. When the bills are coming in every month the cost of graduate school gets trumped by the realities of mortgages, car payments, daycare, etc. etc. Regarding common sense, that is neither enhanced or diminished by higher education. Which would you rather have a teacher with common sense and a graduate degree or one without a graduate degree?

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Jun 17, 12:31 p.m.

    "But you know, I didn’t come here to please everyone."

    Well then, he came to the right place.

  • sisu Jun 17, 9:47 a.m.

    Our education system is failing from the top down. Teaching is a skill inherited, not learned IMO. It doesn't take a degree to be able to show people how to do something.
    arfamr1008
    June 14, 2013 7:56 p.m

    There is so much wrong with your statement I hardly know where to begin. In terms of a mentor to an apprentice, I might be able to agree with your statement to some degree.

    In terms of effectively instructing approximately 25 students with varying needs and abilities, all while managing mountains of state, federal and local mandates, not to mention administrative and parent peculiarities, the benefits of learning through advanced degrees are significant.

    Teachers are accountable to students, peers, parents administrations, law makers, testing companies, and the public. All this while keeping up with quickly evolving technology and a curriculum that is revamped yearly.

    I have several family members who foolishly chose to be teachers. I've talked my nieces/nephews out of it.

  • josephlawrence43 Jun 15, 11:36 a.m.

    gotta give the man credit-he's working hard to keep his promises ( which must be a pure shock to WRAL and its promise keepers ). He's taking it slow and methodically instead of simply running over everybody and shoving his programs down everybodys throat like Guvnr Dumplin and the Dems did for over 100 years. He's not only trying to bring the state into the 21st century, he's trying to repair the damage done by the
    Dems.

  • jackjones2nc Jun 15, 7:59 a.m.

    After work Monday, I'm meeting my family downtown again for Moral Monday protests. We cannot sit by while the Republican-lead GA imports ALEC legislation that weakens our middle-class and attacks struggling families.

  • ritablueboys1 Jun 15, 3:33 a.m.

    It's morally wrong to take away people that make this state so great... But when you're a Republican in power, that's what happens I guess...

  • gopack1999 Jun 15, 1:08 a.m.

    Does anyone really think McCrory has any power in this state? He's basically a puppet for the house and senate. BTW, conservatives defending everything, when are we going to see a bill eliminating the lottery that Republicans were all against?

  • dbutler14 Jun 14, 10:53 p.m.

    Why does the Governor keep comparing our wonderful State to South Carolina? Who wants to live in South Carolina? However, with the Republican's regressive measures now, we may end up looking like South Carolina. Very sad.

  • dbutler14 Jun 14, 10:47 p.m.

    Who wants to live in South Carolina? ...like living in Mississippi. Why does the Governor compare our wonderful State to South Carolina. We used to be proud of our Education ...now Funds have been cut and less PreK. He is leading us toward looking more like South Carolina in many ways. Very sad.

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