Gov. Roy Cooper was elected in November to a second four-year term, meaning it’s time to track how well he does with a new list of priorities.
The coronavirus pandemic upended the traditional campaign trail in 2020, limiting Cooper’s appearances outside of official briefings and making it harder for reporters to pin him down on specific policy proposals. So, to compile the list, WRAL News culled through Cooper’s campaign website and ads and re-watched his lone debate with Republican challenger Dan Forest and other virtual campaign forums.
Some promises, like expanding Medicaid and raising teacher salaries, are priorities he’s pushed for four years. Others, like boosting unemployment benefits and increasing teacher diversity are new. Some will require the Democratic governor to negotiate with the Republican-controlled General Assembly, while he may be able to achieve others on his own.
This tracker focuses on promises for which there is a clear metric, such as the establishment of a program or another concrete action.
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: 2021-01-10 21:25:13