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At 100 days, McCrory enters new policy phase

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory seems to have found his footing within state government after more than three months in office.

The question is whether voters and Republican colleagues at the General Assembly will continue to like where he stands.

McCrory reaches his 100th day as governor Monday. He spent the first several weeks hiring staff, putting out administrative fires and making a couple big decisions. Now he's entered a new phase. In the past month, he's proposed a two-year state budget and privatizing parts of Medicaid and the Commerce Department.

The former Charlotte mayor tells The Associated Press in an interview that his administration is working with a sense of urgency to fix immediate problems and implement long-term changes.

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100 Days?

He gets a pass.
Smirkey won't be fairly judged until next June.

Vog

Vog

give him credit in one topic if no other. Unlike his predecessor, former Governor Smiley, he did not take an out of country vacation with entourage and the First Lady, during his first 30 days in office.

Agree or not with his other policy changes, and I remain convinced his decision to grant the Council of State members an 8% raise was poorly timed, he is staying in state to address issues rather than running away on junkets.

No doubt Tom

He does appear to be a very hard working Governor which accounts for a lot.
But at the end of his term if he takes more accumulated time off than Smiley than he's no better.
He'd BETTER veto the proposed relaxation of gift giving laws that has been proposed though Tom. (If it makes it to his desk)
ANY relaxation of ethics and gift giving laws will turn me off completely to both him and the GOP.

Vog

At the end of his term

his effectiveness in curbing state spending; balancing the budget; covering fund shortfalls in things like the state retiree health insurance fund and retiree pension fund; and recruiting jobs should be used to grade his effectiveness.

The item you reference has to hit his desk first. His veto could be easily be overcome by the Legislature which has a commanding lead.

I'd like to see how the funds will be disbursed to the community colleges. Cape Fear has a very effective program which trains students for immediate employment at very attractive wages.

I have spoken with several

I have spoken with several state employees and they said he came and spoke with them personally. 17 years with the state and I never met any governor.

Help Us

Gawd help us with these republicans running the state right into the ground.

Wonderful job

The Governor and the new GOP-controlled General Assembly are really getting things done for North Carolina. Things like protecting the public from seeing female nipples, allowing a town's mayor drop a possum, attempting to make Christianity the state religion, cutting funding for education, attempting to raise electricity rates,and increasing taxes on services. Oh, and turning down federal Medicaid funding and reducing unemployment benefits by 30% (money that is paid by the employers, not the state, but who cares?)

No action on any jobs legislation yet and the state unemployment rate went UP to 11%.

We're in for a 4-year rectal reaming and I hope the state can recover and not become envious of Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina.

Wrong...the unemployment

Wrong...the unemployment rate is at 9.2%, the lowest it has been since Jan. 2009.

Unemployment benefits????

Unemployment benefits are funded by an insurance policy and the state/federal government. Employers pay into that policy for their employees as part of the cost of having employees - just like the Social Security matching funds. There is no way employers could shoulder the burden of the entire unemployment benefit, just as the State can't....

Must be

concerned over the pending changes to unemployment benefits. Get a job; and guess what -- the best is yet to come.

You better thank GOD that

You better thank GOD that the republicans are trying to salvage this mess of a state the demorats have made.

Please tell me how your life

Please tell me how your life has changed since January 2013. I own two businesses and I have never been so busy. I guess if you are unemployed and on other forms of government assistance things are not going your way.