Gov. McCrory talks about year ahead

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Submitted: Tue, 01/21/2014 - 5:34pm
Updated: Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:27pm

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants his second year in office to focus on improving North Carolina’s economic climate, supporting public school teachers and making state government more efficient.

McCrory held a news conference Tuesday with his Cabinet and top staff to talk about his goals and other initiatives he says will affect the state for many years.

The governor promised to get a teacher pay package through the General Assembly when it reconvenes in May, but did not provide details. He wants to increase starting pay and reward teachers in high-demand subjects.

McCrory says passing a Medicaid overhaul plan may be the hardest to get through the legislature. His administration is also reviewing whether some agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services are too large and unwieldy.

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  • taxpayer says:

    Just as there’s no such thing as a “free lunch”…there’s no such thing as “free money”. The strings attached to your so-called “free money” would have choked us taxpayers in NC.

    You do realize it’s the employers that fund the unemployment benefits…not employees. With a maximum benefit period of 99 weeks, there’s no incentive to go back to work. Just sit at home, file your weekly false job search report, kick back and watch your “stories” on television.

  • GuestMan. says:

    This is going to be a press conference fraught with lies, half-truths, and, sadly, plans on how to screw over the people of NC like he and the republican’t dominated legislature did last year.
    If you thought last year was bad with him turning down free money to expand Medicare, and cutting unemployment benefits, the effect of which is still not known on the economy, hold on to your hats because these freaks in Raleigh are just getting started.
    Told you so….

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Yes, how dare he not follow Dear Leader’s socialist agenda. Just because these are proven failures world wide doesn’t mean Dear Leader won’t succeed.

  • Guest2020 says:

    It’s not harder for college students to vote. They just have to provide proof of legal residence like everyone else. That part of the law prohibits a college student who keeps his legal residence in another state, from voting in his home state and North Carolina. There is nothing wrong with ensuring voter integrity. Also, voting is probably the single most powerful thing that we, as American citizens, can do. Why should we object to proving that we have the authority to exercise that power?

    If the parents of private school students pay taxes that support the public education system, why should there be an issue with them getting some of that money back in order to send their children to the school of their choice?

    As far as teacher pay and benefits–they get the same as other state employees. The other state employees haven’t been getting their raises. Their benefits have been declining just like the teachers’ benefits. Why are the teachers the only ones whining about it?

  • guest000000 says:

    The few positive ideas he had were nixed because he didn’t want to be seen as too liberal by our Draconian legislature. The voter ID law to address non-existent voter fraud not only costs NC taxpayers money, but also eliminated the Motor Voter bill which pre-registered 16 year olds to vote on the day they turned 18 and also made it harder for college students to vote. Wonder why they don’t want young people voting? The budget he signed gutted the public education budget, cut teacher benefits and pay, Increased public funding for “private” “for profit” charter schools,and allowed funding for vouchers to send kids to private schools. He has also appointed his cronies to high paying positions that they are woefully under-qualified for. He has proven to be nothing more than a “Tea Party Puppet”. But other than that, he’s done great.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Guestandrogynous, Stalin leaves NY in a train going 70mph. Marx leaves LA in a train going 50mph. What time do they meet their good buddy Obama in Chicago?

    Feel free to use liberal creative math if it helps you.

  • guest000000 says:

    Until you learn the definition of socialist, nothing you say should be taken seriously.

  • Monkey Junction says:

    I love me some Erlkoenig crazy. I guess in some way I know people like him exist but I am still surprised by such nonsense.

    I love how you demand evidence but the only evidence you give are your unstable ramblings.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    What does Nazi stand for? National Socialist. The party he helped start. So yeah he was a socialist. But really in the end socialism, communism, fascism, modern liberalism are all slight variations on a strong centralized government theme. And no Hitler did not salvage the German economy. He simply propped up the job market with artificial government work. Much like Obummer is doing and FDR did do.

    As far as name calling goes I am highlighting the problem and the problem people. Like Dear Leader and your list of pinkos they wreaked havoc on their nations with debt, political payback, gun control, and phony government work.

    Compromise is simply taking us down the road to socialism at at half the speed.

  • GuestMan. says:

    Eric, you still don’t have a clue. Your blather is getting old very fast.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Please educate me oh Great One.

    Socialist, like Hitler and Obama borrowing money to artificially prop up one segment of the German and American economies.

    Socialist, like Mussolini and Obama who ignored their counties Constitutions.

    Socialist, like Chomsky and Obama whose whole lives have been academia and government.

    You libs (socialist, communist, whatever…) are all big on accusations, sort on evidence.

  • tarajij says:

    Um, okay, here is a little education:
    Hitler can most closely be identified as a fascist. He was not a socialist, in fact he killed thousands of people who where aligned with or accused of being aligned with socialism, communism, democracy or any parliamentary process. In fact, he often stated that he was fighting against the “Jewish Socialism”. Now, that sounds familiar:
    -Irrational hatred for “socialism”, a title give to pretty much anyone in opposition to his beliefs.
    – Pro “nationalism” but only for those he deemed to be “good citizens”, you know those that looked and acted a particular way (or were in a particular income bracket)
    – Fierce distrust and hatred for the “liberal” the “democratic” the “unions”
    These are all ACTUAL traits of Hitler’s and they are all things you will see in any given hour on Fox news or any Tea Party press. It is easy to say, “I don’t like you, I don’t agree with you, you are clearly Hilter” but it is simply not the truth and undermines anything you have to say beyond that.
    I am not particularly a fan of most of what the president has done, but both parties need to start looking past the ignorant, arrogant and childish lines that they have drawn between themselves and start working together to fix this country before we don’t have a country left to fix. Obama did not cause the trillions of dollars of debt and did not sell it to China (a move that the US invented post WWI with German, when we crashed their economy by calling in that debt, guess who rescued them, Hitler). While he has not focused on many of the issues that need to be addressed and he has dug some holes deeper, the blind finger pointing and name calling is pointless and counterproductive. If you would like to know some actual leaders who were socialist/ communist/Marxist here they are: Lennon, Stalin, Castro, Jinping, Thammavong to name a few. You should look them up and see what thy did to their countries.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    How many commies does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    I have no idea. Ask Obama.

  • Linda A Mountjoy says:

    Right on!

  • C B Lewis says:

    VERY,VERY GOOD, The Democrat put us in this mess to start with and McCrory and his staff is doing a great job getting us out of the mess. May we have another good year.

  • taxpayer says:

    I have been a business owners and employer for many years. Never have collected unemployment, but paid a bundle into the unemployment system in the form of a tax based on my total payroll.

    So…I do know what I’m talking about. Thanks for playing!

  • GuestMan. says:

    Tom. I misspoke. Having to deal with an idiot can make people do that sometimes. Eric is a prime example of one of those.

  • GuestMan. says:

    You have no idea what you are talking about. Tell me please how the money to expand Medicare would have “choked” us taxpayers. All you are doing is regurgitating BS that the republican’ts said last year; none of wich is true.
    Sounds like you have experience in collecting unemployment with the game plan you have.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Guestfemaletrappedinamansbody, Are you serious? Does gov money magical come from Obama’s …..

    It printed (inflation), borrowed (future tax burdens), or transferred (current tax burdens).

    Only inflation will apply to you, however, since the freeloader community does not contribute to the tax load.

  • guest000000 says:

    …or search for employment ’til there’s nowhere else to look because there are no jobs. It’s easy for those of us who are lucky enough to have our own business or be gainfully employed to sit back and mock those less fortunate than us. Just because there are a FEW who abuse the system doesn’t mean that we should eliminate it. That would be like saying because a FEW people abuse the right to keep and bear arms that we should outlaw all guns. Maybe that will put it in terms you can understand.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Like the others have said, not everyone milks the system. My husband got laid off due to state budget cuts. He has put in for every job imaginable. His unemployment benefits ended a couple of weeks ago. We are currently living on a wing and a prayer. I won’t even go into our losing our insurance and having a devil of a time getting our children Medicaid.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    did you read your comment? Were they talking about a Medicare expansion or Medicaid. There is a big difference; and if you work or own a small business, you would know that.

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