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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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