McCrory lays out his economic principles for NC

Posted July 11, 2012

— Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory says North Carolina's economy will improve if he's elected with lower tax rates and a state government that's more responsive to business.

McCrory rolled out a plan Wednesday to fix what he calls a broken state economy at a round-table meeting with business owners in Cary.

"North Carolina’s economic development brand is currently being diminished by high taxes, excessive regulation and broken state government," he said. "Neighboring states are reforming and successfully competing for jobs, while North Carolina remains stuck with the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the nation. We must stick to our principles and grow our economy, because that’s what produces the resources to pay for our teachers, police and firefighters and rebuild our infrastructure."

The proposal repeats much of what he's said on the campaign trail back to his first gubernatorial run in 2008, with some additions. Those include the creation of a public-private partnership that would provide private financing to help small business increase exports.

McCrory also said he would work with lawmakers to modernize the state's tax code and fight to stop what we he called onerous regulations.

Democratic nominee Walter Dalton's campaign has criticized McCrory's platform on incentives.

"Pat McCrory’s platitudes cannot hide the fact that he's against competing with other states for jobs, he supports cuts to schools and wants to limit the scope of community colleges," Dalton spokesman Schorr Johnson said in a statement.


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  • jet2rdu Jul 12, 2012

    "democrats are not currently in power in NC and have not been for a while."

    The last time the Republicans controlled the NC Legislature before the voters brought about change in 2010 was way back in 1898, that was five years before the Wright Brothers flight in Kitty Hawk.

    So if 2 years is a "While" what can the 112 years of the Democrat party's almost uninterrupted period of control of NC since 1898 be called?

    How about "A Century plus a dozen years!" Now that is a quite a "while".

    Governor McCrory will have lot of work ahead of him.

  • rhess2 Jul 12, 2012

    If voters were to give Pat McCory the benefit of the doubt and support his economic plan for NC, the litmus test for proving whether it might work isn't very good. The GOP has control of the NC General Assembly and so far the State is in no better shape economically then it was before they took over. On a National level Republicans control the House of Representatives and increased their minority in the Senate and Congress still has the lowest poll numbers ever. The GOP candidates theme is elect me and I will make everything better or you can trust me. Just look within our State or around the Nation and ask yourself did Republicans really make it better.

  • dunnn Jul 12, 2012

    If this man wins NC we will be brought and paid for by the Koch Brothers. Why would we want to do that we need to face the truth NC is a deverse state. We should not let the TP and Koch Brothers take over. Both houses are controlled by the R's governor perdue could do nothing and that's their stragtey all ove. Do you ever why the Koch Brothers wants NC so bad?

  • jason19 Jul 12, 2012

    "If he will lower my taxes and balance the budget, I will vote for him. The dems have done a bad job with the economy in NC over the yrs. I'd like to see some responsibility. Maybe McCrory can do what the dems can't."

    Just FYI: democrats are not currently in power in NC and have not been for a while. Yes, we have a democratic governor, but she is completely powerless because any law she vetoes can usually be overridden by the GOP in the General Assembly, effectively removing all her power. Our taxes are now lower, yet our position is no better.

  • jason19 Jul 12, 2012

    The combination of McCrory and the current legislature will put NC on the fast track to third-world status. Be prepared to have every bizarre, outlandish idea that oozes out of the GOP hive mind to get signed into law.

    Want a state park? Pay for it at the gate! Free education? Who needs it? Community colleges? Raise the tuition to university levels and get the state out of them! Universities? Everyone should pay what students pay at Duke! No more state funding! But hey, at least the rich will have even more money to create jobs for us peons, right? Because that is what the rich do with their money: create jobs! That strategy has worked wonders so far! It's going to be a utopia, I tell you!

  • The Contractor Jul 12, 2012

    Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1986 among the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it.

    blame the GOP Bush for NAFTA.

    if the NC economy is so broken, why is NC listed as 4th best place in the US to do business? if we cant pay our bills today or hire teachers and police/firefighters to cover what we have in this growing population, how are tax cuts going to make everything better? trickle down doesnt work or havent you noticed that in the last 30 years?

  • bubbaOK Jul 12, 2012

    Him teaming with Tillis, maybe but we'll see.

  • hp277 Jul 12, 2012

    Mr. McCrory will be little more than a rubber stamp for whatever crazy ideas that come out of the legislature.

    Want to see the privatization of the public school system, state parks, and state roads? Want to see the defunding of health care services for women, the elderly, and the disabled? Then keep voting Republican.

  • Bendal1 Jul 12, 2012


    Democrats aren't what have hurt our economy; NC had a manufacturing economy for decades, but outsourcing to other countries killed those jobs. Now, who's been at the front of outsourcing jobs? That's right, the current crop of "conservative Republicans", including McCrory. He'd sell off the remaining assets of this state to his cronies if he could, or ruin our state by getting rid of those "onerous regulations" he claims kills jobs. If NC is so bad with jobs, why are we still #2 in the nation for businesses to relocate to? McCrory is another Charlotte wanna-bee who has no real plan for the state, other than what he's been told to say (tax cuts for the rich, more privatizing state government) by his corporate masters.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 12, 2012

    His real plan along with those others in our goverment is to sell us out to the highest bidder. Those hughes donation he's getting don't come from average folks in NC. Think about it.