McCrory touts progress in end of year video

Posted December 18, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory

— Gov Pat McCrory touts tax changes that go into effect Jan. 1 during a three-minute end-of-year video posted Wednesday.

"It will make North Carolina more competitive in attracting new businesses to come to our state," McCrory said of the tax bill that passed this summer.

The governor starts the video with a nod toward problems the state is still facing one year in to his administration.

"People are hurting. Not enough people in North Carolina are working, and we need jobs,"  McCrory said.

After giving an oblique nod to the fight over unemployment law changes, he goes on to tout North Carolina's lowering unemployment rate.

"When I had the great honor of being sworn in as your governor, North Carolina's unemployment (rate) was the fifth-highest in the nation, at 9.5 percent. Today, it's down to 8 percent," McCrory said.

At 8 percent, North Carolina's unemployment rate is the 13th-highest in the nation.

Like any PR piece on behalf of a sitting chief executive, the McCrory video is built to make its subject look good. Although it acknowledges "differences" with political rivals, McCrory is unreservedly upbeat about the Republican-led government agenda.  

"Next year, we'll build on the progress we made this year in revitalizing our economy, streamlining government, improving our children's education and rebuilding our transportation infrastructure," McCrory said.


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  • jackjones2nc Dec 25, 2013

    The Republican ALEC agenda is nothing to be proud of. The voter suppression bill is a national disgrace. Regressive tax reform redistributes money from the poor to give to the wealthy, and that's shameful.

  • HeadsUp Dec 20, 2013

    Worse than the Nazis?

  • sixnitepkg Dec 20, 2013

    yes, Governor, you've made great progress in:

    1)Eliminating the ability of the people to elect a truly representative government.

    2)forcing thousands off unemployment by making them give-up on finding work skewing unemployment rates to make it look as though employers were creating jobs when the opposite is true.

    3)Replacing an effective state Utilities Commission with a bunch of Duke Power cronies & "yes-men" for your own personal profit.

    4)eliminating science and facts from education & museums so that it can be replaced by religious indoctrination.

    5)almost brought us to the brink of secession, creating a state sponsored religion subverting the U.S. Constitution.

    And last, but certainly not least, 6) skewing taxes back to a medieval, regressive system to make the rich richer, the poor destitute, and the middle class nonexistent.(can you say "serfdom"? sure I knew you could!!)

    what WONDERFUL accomplishments for you and your GOP allies (or should I say axis?) kudos to you!!

  • McLovin Dec 20, 2013

    free2bme, you think that Obama is any different from McCrory? This just shows how people want to bash the opposing party...politics in America is a joke and free2bme clearly illustrates this

  • McLovin Dec 20, 2013

    Looks like McCrory is doing the same thing as Obama, and the sheep are out flocking towards this article to bash McCrory. He has signed off on a lot of bad legislation, but hey so has Obama. You voted for it, you get what you deserve.

  • wildpig777 Dec 20, 2013

    to use your words gov nor pat : I will have the great honor of voting you out of office in the next election..... you are not good for the state of nc ,,,,something you and bev perdue have in common.

  • tracmister Dec 20, 2013

    Yes, the state managed to raise the amount of money the middle class pays with the illusion of a flat tax. The state managed to increase many fees. The state managed to approve fracking. The state managed to increase the loss of teachers throughout the entire state while wasting millions of private school vouchers. Yes, Pat, you are off to a good start.

  • liskm Dec 19, 2013

    Looking at the calendar...week off for 2nd honeymoon. Return to Raleigh once the mansion parade is over and can enjoy the new gas fireplaces and backyard fire pits without interruption or scrutiny.
    Dash off to Western NC for the Possum Drop ceremony, his first proud 'action' in office.

  • Sally1023 Dec 19, 2013

    dream on Patty! You and your team are a disaster. You come off so nice but you are one cold hearted man!

  • raleighboy524 Dec 19, 2013