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McCrory talks up priorities in NC State of State

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says his new administration will focus on the economy, education and the efficiency of state government services.

McCrory made the comments Monday night during his first State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in Raleigh.

The former Charlotte mayor also said North Carolina is no longer going to take federal money without knowing how to pay back. He was referring to the $2.5 billion the state owes the federal government for unemployment benefits. He said he would sign a bill Tuesday that would accelerate the debt repayment by raising taxes and cutting jobless benefits.

McCrory said he would seek legislation to allow school districts use more lottery revenues for technology and virtual learning.

Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) responded to McCrory's State of the State address.

"I'm excited to see a new governor ending the broken policies of his recent predecessors," Goolsby said in a statement to WWAY. "His commitment to fixing government, improving education, tax reform and instilling a spirit of customer service is music to my ears. The members of the General Assembly will do all we can to help him succeed!"

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No criticisms on this?

"McCrory said he would seek legislation to allow school districts use more lottery revenues for technology and virtual learning."

What? Tkling money from the Lottery BUILDING fund to GIVE to Tech company's that supported your campaign for technology and software?

Not one peep from anyone comparing this to Bev's slush fund?
Heck at least she kept it in the general fund not giving it to political allies.
He's certainly outdoing Perdue on some things.

I agree with the program though and have stated college credit for online courses is a great thing.
He's just using lottery funds that would go to the counties to payoff his cronies and the counties need it for a burgeoning middle and high school population boom which will require buildings.

Vog

Why

do you think that VOG?

The current laws are very retrictive in how the funds can be used.

He's proposing more of the funds be allocated to tecnology and "virtual" learning.

He won't have any say in which firms the school districts use to achieve these goals.

And I believe he also wants to close the loopholes which allowed the 2 most recent Governors to use the Lottery funds for their personal agendas. I never could find out if there was a requirement those funds siphoned off by Bev and Mike had to be repaid.

Where are you coming up with all this stuff about him giving the funds to his cronies? I never read that. The school districts still control where the funds are spent.

Technology

NC will pay Computer and software companies money that should be used for new school construction and existing school improvements. They get the money and our kids go to class in an overcrowded
mobile unit.

That was not my point

my point pertained to Governor McCrory's ability to determine how school districts can be directed to spend funds with specific companies or individuals. The state may be able to set standards; but the Governor can not direct funds be spent with companies controlled by his supporters.

Want to throw some stones. Look at the Easley and Perdue administrations use of the Lottery Fund as a slush fund which they would tap into for purposes other than intended. Smiley, herself, I believe drew down over $80 million in funds for uses other than allowed under Lottery enacted legislation.

By the way, when Smiley proposed spending $20 million on hand held devices, did you express concern?

I believe Governor McCrory also wants to close that loophole.

Tom

I know that the Gov does not have a direct say in who gets the contracts for software and hardware - the implication - as much as it pertained to Perdue and Sleasely is that it will go to cronies.
The fact that the Gov wants to use this money for things other than buildings will make 2 Governor's who have used funds for purposes other than school buildings.
He's not closing the loophole he's driving a Mack truck through by example. Now future governor's with friendly legislators will just enact a law giving them the ability to use funds as they see fit.
Making him no better than Perdue
I happen to agree with the virtual class thing - it's a wise use of technology and something I have been wondering about for quite some time. The Microsoft "Go to meeting" software has diminished the need for conventions and convention centers. Perhaps we can diminish the needs for physical classrooms as well.
This would be welcome - especially for adult learners who want to take a personal enrichment class.
I would prefer that the state IT department do this with contracts allotted under current state guidelines - paid for out of budgeted monies not lottery profits as the need for physical class rooms far outweighs the need for virtual class rooms (and they have a higher cost structure as well).
This makes me think that perhaps in the future we will need to consider bandwidth as infrastructure ......

Vog

Mississippi's new state

Mississippi's new state slogan - "Thank God for North Carolina!" We are doomed under this admin and state congress.

No surprise

I just hope that this works.
OF course I am of the opinion that it will not but I am not a trained economist.
Where are the jobs bills Pat?
Thom Goolsby?
Susie Hamilton?

According to Rabons newsletter the unemployment "fix" only affects claims opened after July 1 (the Federal fiscal year runs until Oct 1 - so the extensions monies are there until then I believe)

Is that correct?

Vog