We update this promise-tracker each year, and this latest update is as of Jan. 2, 2022—one year into Cooper’s second term. This early in the governor’s tenure, most promises remain in progress.
There are nine promises, from Medicaid expansion to increasing diversity in North Carolina’s teaching ranks. We set the pandemic aside, so you won't see the governor’s efforts on COVID-19 graded here.
Making good on these promises requires impact, not just effort, but our grades do allow for the political realities of divided government. Cooper is a Democrat, but for his entire time in office the North Carolina General Assembly has been controlled by Republicans.
Grades are assigned by WRAL’s @NCCapitol team. As we have said before this is an honest but imperfect attempt to measure Cooper’s progress, not necessarily on what he ought to do, but on the bigger proposals he has promised to push.
How it works
Scroll down and click on a promise for a summary, its source, and its status. To return to this page, click the key at the top of the screen. We rate promises on the following scale:
What we're tracking
Here are the nine promises we're tracking. Click on each headline for more about what Cooper promised and how he is doing.
Raise teacher pay
Boost per-pupil spending
Increase school construction spending
Halt tax cuts
Boost unemployment benefits
Expand broadband access
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Increase teacher diversity
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Published: 2021-01-07 10:20:00
Updated: 2021-12-30 14:30:28