Tag:Pat McCrory

  • Why North Carolinians are upbeat

    North Carolina is now spending hundreds of millions of dollars more a year than it used to building, expanding, resurfacing, and maintaining our highways — and the results are evident.

  • Cooper retains some McCrory policies

    Roy Cooper knows that winning one of the closest gubernatorial election in American history, by two-tenths of a percentage point, wasn’t exactly a compelling mandate for full-throated progressivism.

  • McCrory to NCGA: Don’t spend tainted pipeline money

    Former Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, urged the General Assembly not to spend any money from a fund negotiated by his Democratic successor, Roy Cooper, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline operators, saying the process for securing the money was tainted. In a phone interview the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 13,…

  • Lead with mind, not chin

    During Roy Cooper's first year as governor, North Carolina had grown less robustly and added jobs at a slower rate than it did when Pat McCrory was governor.

  • Prison reform is hopeful sign

    The state was sending some offenders to prison who might best be punished by other means, which was increasing the cost to taxpayers as well as the risk that such offenders would commit subsequent crimes.

  • Close partisan divide will persist

    If you subtract voter preference for Democrats from voter preference for Republicans, only nine states — including North Carolina — have values no greater than two percentage points.

  • Politics isn’t always the answer

    What ought to worry North Carolina leaders, regardless of party or ideology, is that the labor market and other indicators are suggesting a recent weakening of the state’s economic momentum.

  • Tax cuts are not self-financing

    While North Carolina’s GOP leaders may share a party label with Kansas Republicans or the Trump administration, their approach to fiscal policy has been quite different.

  • Average pay isn’t the point

    The real story of the past several years is that North Carolina lawmakers have been restructuring the pay scale for teachers in ways intended to attract and retain high performers.