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Wednesday Wrap: Much more concise than SOTS

Posted February 4, 2015

— Gov. Pat McCrory threw as much as he could against the wall Wednesday night in his State of the State address to see how much would actually stick.

In a wide-ranging, 80-minute speech to the General Assembly, McCrory discussed his transportation and infrastructure plans, the need for more economic development incentives, teacher raises, Medicaid reform, creating state agencies to handle IT and military affairs and other assorted issues.

One new item that came up was a $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion bond issue to fix aging state buildings, but lawmakers were skeptical about piling that atop a proposed $1.2 billion bond for road projects.

Although McCrory never explicitly pushed Medicaid expansion, he suggested covering more uninsured residents by taking advantage of federal funds available for such expansions.

Lawmakers said they want more details on his plans before deciding whether to accept or reject them.

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  • Sally Bethune Feb 5, 2015
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    Even hand washing is controversial? In every hospital and most doctor's offices you must wash with disinfect soap entering a room and leaving a room. Deadly bacteria and MRSA are equal opportunity killers.

  • Sally Bethune Feb 5, 2015
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    One, If you tell the people of the States to do better...what is the old saying ...when you point one finger and someone, there are 4 fingers pointing at McCory, Tillis, Berger, and Pope. I think the governor and legislators have become bipolar...no health exchange, limiting welfare and unemployment. Cutting money for schools and driving good teacher to Virginia. The younger teachers get pay raises just before the mid terms. Somethings you can totally break, but it will take a very long time to put NC back together again. But the rich and the corporation are OK!

  • Mary Jo Holmes Feb 5, 2015
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    Gov. MCrory doing something about the uninsured +1
    Tillis abolishing hand washing law -1

  • Jake Gellar-Goad Feb 5, 2015
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    "Although McCrory never explicitly pushed Medicaid expansion, he suggested covering more uninsured residents by taking advantage of federal funds available for such expansions."

    Any though the feds are offering to cover it fully for years, then 90%, which is a deal you can't beat, especially considering we're paying federal taxes anyways, I had thought his "North Carolina solution" language meant he was against this. I hope I'm wrong.