Local Politics

Pat McCrory Debate Statement

Posted January 16, 2008 10:16 a.m. EST

QUALITY OF LIFE through jobs, lower taxes and clean environment
• Develop incentive policies for high schools and community colleges to reemphasize technical training to meet the skills gap
• Revise tax policy which puts less emphasis on income and business tax so that we can compete with other states
• Implement policy which prioritizes distribution of monies to universities that are graduating future teachers with special emphasis on science, math and trade skills
• Develop long term energy and environmental plans to coincide with economic growth

INCREASE MOBILITY with a sound transportation and road system
• Develop 50-year transportation and road plan for entire state
• Put the roads where the cars are
• Reform Department of Transportation
1. Ensure road and transportation monies are prioritized based upon traffic congestion, safety, environment and economic development
2. Reorganize the geographical divisions of DOT to better match demographic regions of growth
3. Develop policy in which interstate highway system is removed as part of any distribution of any road monies to each region
• Develop mass transportation and land-use plans to complement road networks

SECURITY AND SAFETY peace of mind for North Carolina residents
• Develop funding and distribution policy for courts, district attorneys, judges and jail cells based upon crime statistics
• Implement gang policy which targets gang leaders and allows the state to remove assets from gang organizations
• Build sufficient state prison space to back up arrests and convictions made by local police and sheriffs
• Oppose any moratorium on death penalty
• Implement federal lobbying strategy to gain approval and funds to build illegal immigrant detention centers and courts so local law enforcement can deport those immigrants that are breaking laws
• Implement 287G program throughout the state which verifies identification of people arrested
• Ensure that every North Carolina resident has easy access to quality, affordable health care