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  • signify6644 Jan 8, 2013

    Thank goodness. We need this type of common sense on national level as well.

  • goldenosprey Jan 4, 2013

    Rhess, you can rest assured if unemployment fails to improve in NC it will be "Obama's Fault." If it does go down then it will be "thanks to Pat's great leadership."

  • rhess2 Jan 4, 2013

    For those that think Governor Perdue ruined this State they truly don't understand how economics works in relation to the National and world economies. It is easy to blame the chief executive of a state for high unemployment and revenue deficits. In reality they have little to do with it when a nation is going through a severe recession. All they can do is react in order to keep their state afloat. In my opinion Gov. Perdue did the best she could given the economic conditions in both NC and rest of the Nation.

  • rhess2 Jan 4, 2013

    Governor-elect McCrory's ideas for tax reform in NC appears to do no more than toe the line of the Republican Party of lowering and/or not increasing tax rates. It is based on the 'trickle down" economic model that has failed time and time again. Making the assumption that if business pays out less money more jobs will be created is a hypothetical stretch. Also if consumers pay less taxes they will have more money in their pocket to spend is a stretch as well. The amount received is generally not enough to change consumers budgets. What McCrory doesn't seem to address is how he is going to raise revenue to lower the States deficit. He will need it in order to carry out his ambitious agenda.

  • happilynow Jan 3, 2013

    McCrory can save the tax payers a great deal of money by ending the constant and very expensive testing in grade K-12 in our public school.

  • IPayYouPay Jan 3, 2013

    As a very long time state employee, I can only dream about how many rolls of toilet paper I'm going to have to bring from home because no ordering is being done. Last year, we had to go without copy paper for about a month...I guess starting now, we're going to have to purchase that among other supplies just to get our work done. Wow...and I thought this was going to be hard. Weeeee, I can't wait!!!!!! not.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jan 3, 2013

    Crumps Br0ther - But when the UE report comes out and its down .02% you are singing Barrys praises. its never enough is it?

    We'll for one I don't sing, and two, I'm smart enough to realize that President Obama has very little to do with North Carolina's unemployment rate. Now perhaps I should be asking you whether or not anything President Obama develops is good enough, because clearly you're quick to call his name when he wasn't the topic of discussion. Keep dreaming if you think fast food jobs and temporary jobs is key to restoring this economy.

  • weasel2 Jan 3, 2013

    Glad to see someone is finally going to start attracting businesses instead of driving them away. Gov McCrory may not get it all done but at least he is willing to try.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 3, 2013

    Yeah and that number should drop unemployment by what a whooping .02! And do you really think creating more restaurants is going to save this economy? Offshore drilling is temporary work and comes with serious consequences if corners are cut.
    Lamborghini Mercy

    But when the UE report comes out and its down .02% you are singing Barrys praises. its never enough is it? More money in peoples pockest has a ripple effect. And so now you are scared about corners being cut. Barry is in charge now and put the EPA on steroids, but I guess maybe we just shouldnt do anything at all, we dont any energy do we? C'mon you know deep down you want offshore drilling to happen, it will give you something to whine and cry about, and that gives you a sense of purpose

  • driverkid3 Jan 3, 2013

    You liberal perdue worshippers are a riot! You followed so close behind her that you could sniff her underarm deodorant, blind to everything she did to shame and ruin this state. Now, because there is not a lib in office, you are shaking in your boots with fear that all your comfortable little cushions are going to be snatched away from you.

    Bring it on, Gov. McCrory! Let's get some good changes in this state. One of them being a voter ID.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jan 3, 2013

    Crumps Br0ther - Let's see those rig workers will need food and housing when they are on the mainland. That creates a lot of jobs right there.

    Yeah and that number should drop unemployment by what a whooping .02! And do you really think creating more restaurants is going to save this economy? Offshore drilling is temporary work and comes with serious consequences if corners are cut.

  • Nope Jan 3, 2013

    "The only ones that make the highest salaries are the ones that work at our county school boards,leaving our children, and teacher's the true victims."
    kvaughn2

    You do realize that the wake school board pay is $18,000 a year?

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 3, 2013

    And offshore drilling is fine, but really, how many jobs is that going to create for NC citizens?

    Lamborghini Mercy

    Let's see those rig workers will need food and housing when they are on the mainland. That creates a lot of jobs right there.

  • goldenosprey Jan 3, 2013

    " Also the extravagant pensions paid to state and county employees needs to be terminated and converted to a 401k that the employee can fund, just like in the real world folks!!!!"
    Clearly you have never worked for the state. Extravagant pensions? They take 6% of your income to fund retirees and the benefits are paltry. You're just complaining because so many job creators have stopped contributing to employees' 401K altogether. State employees have relatively low wages and salaries for what they do. Having a li'l pension plan is a way to retain an experienced workforce. Or maybe you want all teachers, LEOs, prosecutors, traffic engineers etc. to make McDonalds money. Part of Gov. Pope's Mississippization of NC.

  • jrfergerson Jan 3, 2013

    Our new governor said: "The downside right now is we've started very, very late, and now the gas price has gone very low."OBVIOUSLY HIS HEAD IS IN THE SAND JUST LIKE BEV’S. When the price of a gallon of gas goes below $2.00 then he can say they have gone very low.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jan 3, 2013

    Is there really a such thing as paying off debt when hundreds of thousands of people are unemployed and thousands of college educated people are overqualified and underpaid? And offshore drilling is fine, but really, how many jobs is that going to create for NC citizens? I can already see Mccrory fans sweating and he's not even warmed up yet.

  • 27615 Jan 3, 2013

    ya'll did catch the part about having to pay the Federal Government over 2 billion for extended unemployment that was given throughout the recession right??? it sounded like a good idea to a lot of you then but you did know we'd have to pay for it right?

  • YourConscience Jan 2, 2013

    We're going to hold Pat's feet to the fire on the 5th highest unemployment rate in the country at 9.1%. Get to work Pat, and give us good jobs, McDonald's jobs don't count.

  • Scubagirl Jan 2, 2013

    So, not taking a stand for either side but reading the stories about the fiscal cliff/vote last night and seeing ALL the bashing of democrats & Obama on that story and now I come to this story about a REPUBLICAN talking about raising taxes and it's perfectly fine.......surely I'm not the only one to see that as just a tad odd, shall we say? smh

  • Plenty Coups Jan 2, 2013

    3forme-"FYI..Ref State Budget Office North Carolina spends 51% of budget on education..."

    Whether its 51% or 5% is largely irrelevant. Per pupil, we spend near the very bottom of the entire nation. Our teacher pay is near the bottom also. Maybe that had something to do with why so many teachers left the NC teaching profession last year even though jobs remain pretty scarce.

  • geosol Jan 2, 2013

    When you hear this right wing crowd calling for "tax and education reform", LOOK OUT!!!! What that means is that they will lower taxes for their rich little buddies, but the rest of us will now have to pay for things we once enjoyed while they "privatize" all manner of public services and education. Great if you're already rich, but really, really bad if your middle class or poor. The middle class and poor will have to pay more for EVERYTHING so that the right wingers can give tax breaks to their rich benefactors. You can take that to the bank.

  • geosol Jan 2, 2013

    Don't worry, good people, we will soon be rid of this right wing scourge that has infected our great state. Now that they have unbridled power, the REPUBLICANS will reveal their true nature to everyone and that will lead to their downfall. No more demonizing teachers and public servants, no more crazy, unsubstantiated claims about "energy resources" and the miniscule revenue that it could never bring, and no more coddling to the rich and powerful and forsaking the middle class and poor. We will survive this mess and we will all be better for it.

  • 3forme Jan 2, 2013

    FYI..Ref State Budget Office North Carolina spends 51% of budget on education...

  • kvaughn2 Jan 2, 2013

    It's about time we finally have a governor that will take charge on the education issue. It's one of the most wasteful miss directed spending in history! The only ones that make the highest salaries are the ones that work at our county school boards,leaving our children, and teacher's the true victims.

  • nerdlywehunt Jan 2, 2013

    County Government better get ready to raise county taxes or lay off police, 911 and emt. ALL state funds to assist county's are on the chopping block. No more handouts from the state. Also the extravagant pensions paid to state and county employees needs to be terminated and converted to a 401k that the employee can fund, just like in the real world folks!!!!

  • abaugh Jan 2, 2013

    And it begins....

  • Screw WrAl Jan 2, 2013

    I do look forward to Art Pope ending the reign of the wake county school board. Oh their day has finally come.

    BIG SMILE.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 2, 2013

    NO! Bev is one and done.

  • fayncmike Jan 2, 2013

    Can Bev run again in four years?

  • Plenty Coups Jan 2, 2013

    "Bad news for educators. :-/"

    relic-"What? That someone other than them and the NC Highway Patrol get more funding? Guess it is..."

    It certainly is. The nerve of them to ask for more funding despite educational funding in NC being one of the worst in the entire nation! Don't they realize its not all about them? They need to stop their incessant whining while we try our darndest to be more like Mississippi. Lowest in taxes, lowest in educational achievement, lowest in lifespan, and lowest in average income.

  • mmtlash Jan 2, 2013

    no matter how moderate McCrory may be the ones in control are the senate and house, as the republicans have a veto proof majority, so if McCrory does something enough conservative republicans dislike they can easily override him...I guess we shall have to see how this plays out over the next few years

  • ykm Jan 2, 2013

    Sure are a lot of folks scared of this pope fella. Are these same folks deriving their income from government spending?

  • OpenM1nd Jan 2, 2013

    Like.

  • Relic Jan 2, 2013

    Truly American - So other than the "monster" that liberals have made Art Pope into and Mr. Hawke (who's "guilty by association" with Pope, who are these "ultra right wing radicals" that are part of his transition team or "surrounding him"? Other than those two most of the people on the transition team and appointed positions have been what I (as an independent conservative) would refer to as Moderate Republicans other than Mr. Pope and Mr. Hawke who are more conservative. I never cease to be amazed at Democrats and liberals who would rather see the State of NC and the US go down in a heap of flames just so they could say "AH HA! We told you so!" rather than at least trying to cooperate with the elected government to make things better...you know...that kind of stuff that Dems have been yelling at the US House for several weeks now. You can't have it both ways, folks.

  • Relic Jan 2, 2013

    Bad news for educators. :-/

    What? That someone other than them and the NC Highway Patrol get more funding? Guess it is...

  • Relic Jan 2, 2013

    "Art Pope is now a job creator. He is a poverty maintainer."

    Really? How so? Knowing Mr. Pope's companies and philanthropic efforts I'd love to hear how you explain that one.

  • AX Jan 2, 2013

    Congratulations to our new Governor, ART POPE'S puppett!!

  • Relic Jan 2, 2013

    Art Pope is our REAL govenor now.

    Wow. Perhaps the most delusional comment I have heard. Art Pope didn't need to be part of the Governor's administration to have input in the NC Republican party! As far as Pope's father "cutting him out of his will" it doesn't look like Pope ended up hurting for money. Should we go out and see how many Democrats had problems with their Republican family members over the years as well? You would throw an entire administration under the bus because one person has personal beliefs that you don't agree with? As far as "stepping on the toes" of business leaders isn't that just what the Democrats have been howling about McCrory NOT doing because he's just a "pawn" of "big business"? You can't have it both ways.

  • philipw Jan 2, 2013

    Let's give the new Governor a chance. He earned it by running again and winning after getting whipped before. I am not surprised he appointed his friends to positions of responsibility and I hope they don't embarrass him or themselves.

  • Dan Cooper Jan 2, 2013

    McCrory really is inheriting a mess, thanks to Bev and all the other corrupt Dems, some of which are still in prison, most of the others just should be in prison.

  • LovemyPirates Jan 2, 2013

    2% of Federal dollars are spent on Education. http://www.cbpp.org

  • msha Jan 2, 2013

    At least he is trying to do something. You [the ones that voted for YOUR PRESIDENT] know that all he YOUR PRESIDENT] does is vacation in Hawaii at the tax payers expense while workers are struggling to make ends meet and paying for his vacations all the time.

  • Banned4Life Jan 2, 2013

    He's not the governator just yet. So why does anyone care what he thinks or does now? It's what he will try to do once he has the power that we should be really concerned about. He's already proven where his capital interests lay simply by the people he's chosen to surround himself with. Ultra-right wing radicals who would rather see our state and nation go down their toilet than compromise for the sakes of the people. Should be fun having a little DC right here in our, wait, it's 100% under right wing control now, they can actually take our state right down the drain as long as the people continue to be bedazzled by their political rhine stone and stud setters.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jan 2, 2013

    As a Democrat, I was trying to stay open to McCrory, with the hope he might actually help NC...that is until he added Art Pope to his adminstration. That did it for me. Art Pope is our REAL govenor now.
    Dukefan1
    And Art Pope's own father cut him out of his will! Fell better about the future of our state now?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Jan 2, 2013

    Therwe is a good idea, step on the toes of business leaders. That will really make business come to North Carolina.

  • Terkel Jan 2, 2013

    "actually-- he's been smoozing around the state with her- non stop. and you havent once heard him say that he was at such extreme odds with her or her style of "leadership". " wildpig

    If you go around tearing people new ones when you might have to work with some of their supporters, you won't last long. Maybe he's being diplomatic. He's definitely being smart.

  • corey3rd2 Jan 2, 2013

    Art Pope is now a job creator. He is a poverty maintainer.

  • Terkel Jan 2, 2013

    Re: gas exploration: "It's going to be a tough, competitive market to begin that process."

    Then maybe we shouldn't do it. We missed the boat? It happens. If you know it's likely to fail, step back.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 2, 2013

    Why is it every politician talks about taxes so they can either get votes or stay liked by the people and they don't do a thing to help?

  • unblankenbelievable Jan 2, 2013

    if you ask me the past an this current incomming governor have all put forth to much infesses on the wants an the demands of the coporate world& special instrest groups an noot enough instest in the average citizen needs an want with respect to current living conditions the ecomony an the jobs an health care benefits in the work force an most especially the banks in this state an this nation. they have suppress workers rights an wages an benefits an all the while demanding more an more for less an less for the worker bees in this country all for the benefit of the coporate instrest an the banks bottom lines thank you

    What did you say? I hope Pat spends more on education and sends some your way.

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