McCrory sworn in as NC's 74th governor

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Pat McCrory was sworn in as North Carolina's governor at noon on Saturday, putting a Republican in the Executive Mansion for the first time in 20 years.

Chief Justice Sarah Parker administered the oath to the former Charlotte mayor in the House chambers of the old Capitol building. McCrory's wife Ann was by his side. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue also participated - transferring North Carolina's Great Seal.

McCrory becomes governor a week before the public inauguration ceremony slated for downtown Raleigh because he wanted to be installed as the Legislature convenes its two-year session this coming Wednesday. He'll still participate in the Jan. 12 inauguration.

McCrory's incoming Cabinet was also to be sworn in Saturday. The new governor will attend a fundraising event Saturday evening for veterans at a Raleigh hotel.

McCrory is the 74th governor for North Carolina. It's also the first time since Reconstruction that the Republicans have held the governor's post and a majority in both houses of the Legislature.

Republican leaders pledged to work together to fix North Carolina's problems.

"I look forward to working with him to further the conservative goal of a lean, efficient government focused on promoting economic growth and encouraging job creation," offered Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) in a statement issued after the swearing in.

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The republican legislature criticized Bev's use of the sales tax to fund certain education programs.
Now we have this:
http://news.yahoo.com/state-tax-cut-plans-tempered-caution-2013-03260059...

Here's the interesting part:

"North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory, a Republican, wants to reduce income tax rates to the level of surrounding states such as South Carolina and Virginia. But the proposals under discussion would offset that lost revenue with extra sales taxes.
"We're talking about a revenue-neutral stream to government," said North Carolina Sen. Bob Rucho, a Republican. "This, we believe, will put North Carolina on the cutting edge of economies in the country."

Will the legislature allow the sales tax increase for Pats pet project? While we criticized Perdue for the exact same thing?
I'm not so sure this is a good idea because a lot of people may not spend their income tax cut on goods that generate sales tax dollars.
Remember the Bush tax rebates? Theory was people would spend their money on items to generate revenues? That did NOT happen.
Now the GOP is saying that the Bush Tax Cuts did not pay for themselves with increased revenues and that the Obama tax cuts have to be offset with spending cuts.

Strange
Vog

You often write comments as if you know people personally. . your reference to Bev . . and are privy to all types of pertinent info. So, let me ask you: What has happened to the monies generated from NORTH CAROLINA EDUCATION LOTTERY? What is this money going to? Who is in charge of allocating the funds? Who is the person who approves the mis spending of money intended for the education system? I anxiously await your knowledgeable answers.

In reality, Art Pope's bought-and-paid-for-puppet, Pat McCrory was sworn in. Those thinking they were getting a moderate Republican as governor are in for a shock as the environment, schools and women's reproductive rights are stripped away! Beware!

I guess you're not happy with the election results.

I WAS thrilled.
I'm now concerned that things haven't changed.
Same 'ol same 'ol

Vog

It appears as though the more things change the more they stay the same as Gov McCrory has appointed a guy to head DEHNR that has SERIOUS conflicts of interest since his company has already accepted $4M in state money.
We need to research this more but the guy is John Skvarla and apparently his company is now assured MORE state contracts.
There's a letter to the editor in the SNO about this.

I make no accusations as I have not researched this but it seems like "business as usual" for NC politics but because McCroy's a Republican it's "OK". ........

Vog

and singing DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD, the witch is dead, the witch is dead, ding dong the wicked witch is dead!

Can McCrory reverse the idiot's pardon of the Wilmington 10?

however he and the Legislature will have to find the funds to pay reparations or compensation, whichever term applies.

Isn't that the truth? Gimme Gimme Gimme and then Gimme some more.

Congratulations to Governor Pat McCrory,looking foreward to the next 4 years,for NC.

I'll second that!