Governor Pat McCrory

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1:20 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

McCrory Says Last-Minute Compromise Unlikely For Airport Bill

Governor Pat McCrory told reporters in Charlotte on Thursday morning he didn't think a last-minute compromise would prevent the airport authority legislation from passing.
Credit Julie Rose

Hours before state senators are expected to take a final vote to create a regional authority for the Charlotte airport, Governor Pat McCrory was in Charlotte speaking out on the issue.

As the vote has neared, McCrory began working behind the scenes to broker a compromise between legislators and the city of Charlotte and prevent the lawsuit Charlotte seems bound to file if the bill passes. Another last-minute compromise was in the works this morning, but McCrory said he wasn't sure it would happen because of "timing and other things."

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Sunday Headlines
9:36 am
Sun July 14, 2013

McCrory defends N.C. and his leadership

Gov. Pat McCrory is defending North Carolina and his leadership, following an editorial in The New York Times last week that criticized the state's Republican leadership and recent legislative actions.

In a July 10 editorial headlined “The Decline of North Carolina,” The Times called North Carolina's current state leadership a “demolition derby tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality” and voting rights. 

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The Party Line
12:25 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

McCrory's First 100 Days

Michael Bitzer

Now that we have reached the first 100 days of Governor McCrory’s administration (the mythical standard of time to pass judgment, based on FDR’s break-neck pace of New Deal legislating), some early thoughts on how the unified Republican state government, especially the state’s chief executive, is doing.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Gov. McCrory Leaves Tax Overhaul Out Of Budget

Governor Pat McCrory released his detailed plan Tuesday for how North Carolina should spend its money the next two years. It's a $20.6 billion budget that does not include a key point from McCrory's campaign – overhauling the state's tax system.


Education takes up 55 percent of McCrory's budget.


He includes funding for an additional 5,000 at-risk children to take part in the state's pre-K program, and he sets aside $43 million to promote technology in classrooms, like reading tablets.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Are Lottery Ads 'Bloated And Annoying' Or Essential?

An outside audit lauds the North Carolina Education Lottery for keeping costs down and boosting profits every year since 2007. But that may not be enough to ward off new restrictions state lawmakers have in mind for the lottery. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

News Roundtable: North Carolina Politics

North Carolina State Legislative Building
Credit NC General Assembly

The Republican-run General Assembly has been busy in North Carolina. Less than half-way through the six month session and we've no shortage of controversial topics to tackle. Voter ID laws and tax reform are biggies. Then there's the frost relationship between Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and his predecessor who's now in the Governor's Mansion. Charlotte finds itself scraping for state support to renovate Bank of America Stadium and prevent a takeover of the city-owned airport. We take it all in with a panel of political experts, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
5:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Gov McCrory Keeps Arms-Length From Charlotte Airport, Panthers Stadium Debates

Governor Pat McCrory is keeping his distance from the high-stakes battles Charlotte is engaged in over the future of the Airport and Bank of America Stadium.

Charlotte City leaders are engaged in high-stakes battles in Raleigh over the future of the Panthers and the airport.  But Governor Pat McCrory – who was the city's longest-serving mayor – has said very little about either issue. 

The airport is one of Charlotte's most important assets in attracting new companies and jobs. Governor Pat McCrory says when he was just "Mayor Pat" he supported having the airport as a city department. So why is he not going to bat for the city as a bill speeds through the legislature that would put the airport in control of a regional authority?

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Charlotte Observer
10:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

McCrory Not Required To Sign Off On Airport Deal

RALEIGH Turns out, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory won’t have to sign any legislation that would cost the city he once ran control of its airport.

Most measures that pass the House and Senate have to be signed by the governor to become law. Not so with so-called local bills.

“Local bills” are those that affect fewer than 15 counties. They don’t need the governor’s signature to become law.

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Local News
10:58 am
Tue February 19, 2013

State Of State Speech Focuses On Economy, Education And Efficiency

In his first State of the State address, Gov. Pat McCrory Monday night pledged to work to lower North Carolina's income tax rates, cut the amount of money the state wastes on Medicaid, and make vocational training a larger part of the state's education system.

Gov. McCrory said his administration will focus on "fixing the economy, transforming education and improving government efficiency." Here's the first step:

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Local News
4:50 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

N.C. About To Slash Unemployment Benefits, Raise Taxes

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A bill to drastically cut unemployment benefits and slightly raise business taxes has cleared its last major hurdle in North Carolina. Republicans behind it say it's going to be painful, but it's necessary to pay back the $2.5 billion the state owes the federal government for help paying unemployment insurance.

How did the state build up such a massive debt?

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