Pat McCrory

Education
3:59 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

McCrory Defends Budget, Announces New Program

Governor McCrory says the budget for education is the largest in state history.
Credit Gurnal Scott

Governor Pat McCrory has a teaching degree. His grandmother was a teacher and his sister taught for 20 years in Wake County. He says frequently that he respects the profession and that teachers are the most important part of the state’s public education system.

The Governor continued that line of praise in his speech at the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Education summit.

“I have a great admiration for teachers and they have a greater challenge than any of us have in this room at this point in time,” he said.

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Politics & Government
4:31 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

State Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan To Step Down

Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan
Credit N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on Gov. Pat McCrory's comments about the resignation of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan.

Kieran Shanahan will step down as state public safety secretary in less than a week.   Shanahan was among then-Governor-elect Pat McCrory's first cabinet appointees.

In his resignation letter, Shanahan said he told the governor last December that his service hinged on two factors: his legal career and his wife's military career.  Lisa Shanahan is receiving a Naval promotion to Rear Admiral and he said being away from his law practice was proving to be a challenge.  McCrory says he understands that.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

McCrory Unlikely To Wield Veto

Governor McCrory has dozens of bills to sign.
Credit Governor's office

Dozens of bills passed by the State Legislature in the last few days are sitting on Governor Pat McCrory’s desk. McCrory says he will sign most, but wants to take a closer look at a few.

Those bills include one that requires welfare recipients to be drug tested, and another that deals with billboards along highways.

The Governor said he is most proud of the tax reform law he signed earlier this week.

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Politics & Government
4:12 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

McCrory's "Rick Perry" Moment?

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit NC Governor's office

Here’s a little frivolity to end the long week in Raleigh…

At his press conference on Friday to speak to reporters about the many bills that have arrived on his desk, Governor Pat McCrory had a bit of a Rick Perry moment.

One of his favorite talking points – first stated in his State of The State speech – is that he has three major priorities as Governor: Economy, Education, and Efficiency.

“The Three E’s,” he calls it.

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Business & Economy
7:45 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Will NC's New Business Tax Rate Equal New Business?

Gov. McCrory was on hand when Lenovo officially opened its first US manufacturing plant in Whitsett.
Credit State of North Carolina

Leoneda Inge reports on NC's new corporate tax rate.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed major tax reform legislation into law this week, keeping one of his most ardent campaign promises. 

The governor and his conservative Republican base have consistently said North Carolina would be better able to attract business to the state with lower taxes.

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Politics & Government
4:39 am
Fri July 26, 2013

General Assembly Casts Historic Votes

Many will remember this Legislative session for the Moral Monday protests it inspired.
Credit Matthew Lenard

The General Assembly's last days were punctuated by passionate debate.

It seems like a long time ago, but it’s really been just seven months since newly-inaugurated Governor Pat McCrory sounded this hopeful tone:

“North Carolina’s greatest strength and asset remains its people,” he said during his inauguration speech.

“On those main streets across this state, it’s the people that count and that make a difference. People will come from different backgrounds but share a common set of principles. Self-starters and hard workers.”

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Politics & Government
5:06 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Budget Passes, Headed To Governor

The budget vote passed along party lines.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Both houses of the State Legislature have passed a final $20.6 billion dollar budget. Much of today's debate in the House and Senate centered on the cuts to public education. Those cuts include eliminating about 2,000 teacher assistant positions and ending teacher tenure.

"You cut a half a billion dollars out of education in this budget in order to make up for the tax giveaway that you did for the wealthy and the out-of-state corporations," said Democrat Martin Nesbitt,  the Senate Minority Leader.

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Politics & Government
2:20 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

McCrory Signs Tax Reform Bill

Gov. McCrory signs tax reform into law.
Credit Dave DeWitt

It was all smiles inside the Governor’s mansion today. Flanked by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, and his own budget director Art Pope, the Governor praised his fellow Republicans for their leadership in passing wide-ranging tax reform.

He says it will help the state recruit new businesses.

"There are a lot of people unemployed right now," McCrory said. "There are a lot of people looking for work and there are a lot of companies looking at other states to go to create new jobs. And they’re beating out North Carolina."

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Politics & Government
4:52 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Budget Fuels Opposition In Legislature's Last Week

Reverend William Barber led another Moral Mondays protest.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Budget cuts fuel another passionate Moral Monday protest.

For many lawmakers and lobbyists, the culmination of five months of work during this biennial long session came when a final budget was released late Sunday night. More than 500 pages and $20.5 billion, the budget was finalized behind closed doors by two men, both Republicans – Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis.

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Politics & Government
7:18 am
Tue July 16, 2013

House Leaders Agree On Tax Plan

Governor McCrory, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, and Senate President Phil Berger unveil their tax proposal.
Credit Jessica Jones

Governor Pat McCrory and leaders of the state House and Senate have come to a long-awaited agreement on what they say is fiscally responsible tax reform.

The plan would replace the state’s tiered personal income tax rate with a flat 5.8 percent in 2014, and the corporate tax rate would fall as well. The sales tax would be broadened only slightly.

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