Pat McCrory – Candidate for Governor (R)


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Thoughts on Six Key Issues

Economy and Jobs
Education
Healthcare
Public Infrastructure
Energy
Leadership

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Longest serving Mayor of Charlotte (1995-2009)
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Economy and Jobs

No matter where you go in North Carolina, people are worried about the economy and the lack of jobs. It’s unacceptable that with all our incredible human capital and resources, North Carolina still has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the nation. I am running for Governor so we can turn North Carolina around.

To create jobs, I firmly believe we must support and encourage industries that produce things, build things, make things, innovate things, and grow things by not overburdening them with taxes and regulation. North Carolina needs to move into the energy business because it would provide the state a much needed economic engine to drive growth.

I believe that we must lower the tax on productivity — the income tax — to help unleash the productivity of North Carolinian workers and give our families much-needed tax relief.

As Mayor of Charlotte, I helped create a business-friendly environment that led to tens of thousands of jobs being created. As Governor, I will take a lead position in making North Carolina a jobs-friendly environment. We must find ways to help local business expand. And we must lower our taxes and reduce regulations so we can once again compete with neighboring states.

In my view, we must fix our broken government, broken economy, and broken education system in order to get North Carolina back to work. Instead of continuing the same failed policies, we must reform them with a focus on accountability and results. Only then will we break free from this recession. As Governor, I will work tirelessly to restore trust in government, and bring jobs and prosperity back to North Carolina.
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Education

It is unacceptable that twenty two percent of our students are failing to graduate, and too many students that attend college need remedial courses to fill in the gaps left in their high school education.

If we are going to empower our students to succeed in the 21st century, we must transform North Carolina’s public schools into centers of excellence. The primary goal of those reforms must be to empower students by providing them the necessary skill set to get a job or to attain advanced education.

First, my plan for North Carolina’s schools, “A Passion for Education,” gives students more choice to attain a high school diploma and emphasizes vocational training.

My plan also sets higher expectations in North Carolina and holds schools accountable for results. We must hold schools accountable for results by testing student achievement in reading and mathematics in an unbiased and objective exam based on basic skills rather than curriculum.

And finally, if we are going to achieve success in the classroom, we must reward the best teachers for the great job they do, not just pay them based on the number of years they teach.

For more information on my education policy, please see my plan for North Carolina schools, “A Passion for Education,” on my website.
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Healthcare

In my view, healthcare is the most complex issue facing North Carolina and the country as a whole. In many respects, states across the nation are in a holding pattern until the United States Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of Obamacare and the individual mandate. However, we can be sure that the bureaucrat-centric legislation put forward by President Obama is not the answer for North Carolina. The focus of health care must return to where it belongs: the doctor-patient relationship.

Rising healthcare costs are hurting our citizens and businesses around the country. To help lower the cost of healthcare in North Carolina, all sides must come together and be a part of the solution that includes doctors, nurses, insurance companies, and hospitals. We also need to trust the people of North Carolina. I believe that, given the opportunity, North Carolinians of all incomes can make smart choices about their healthcare.

We need to promote technological innovation, health IT programs, home care, as well as offer more coverage options. North Carolina has made strides in tort reform, but that is an area we must continue to monitor. Additionally, the state of North Carolina must support preventative healthcare programs to help people avoid health issues in the first place.
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Public Infrastructure

We have gone from being called the good roads state to the bumpy roads state. Instead of making wise, long-term investments in our infrastructure that will allow North Carolina to grow and flourish in the future, we have been filling pot holes and doing quick-fixes.

As Mayor of Charlotte, I led the city through a time of growth and expansion. If elected Governor, I will propose a 50 year transportation and land use plan to meet present and future needs. The first step is to reform the Department of Transpiration to make it a professional enterprise dedicated to building roads where they are most needed rather than diverting money to places where influential politicians and their contributors live.
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Energy

I support an “all of the above” approach when it comes to energy exploration and use.

North Carolina needs a singular approach with it comes to economic development, job creation and energy policy. A growing and vibrant energy sector in North Carolina will not only help our country become less dependant of foreign sources of oil, but will also help boost our economy and create jobs right here in North Carolina.

It’s time that we put North Carolina’s resources back to work, create jobs through the private sector and finally put this recession behind us.
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Leadership

What we’ve been lacking in state government is a leader with executive experience and private sector experience. I believe in long-term vision. I believe in making the tough decisions. I believe in strategic approaches and communicating with the public. And I believe in ethical government.

But when North Carolina’s unemployment rate is the 4th worst in the nation, it’s time for a leader who understands that the private sector is what’s going to get us out of this recession, not government. Government need to do everything it can to complement the private sector and get the private sector to start creating jobs in North Carolina.

As Governor, I plan on using my business skills and my political leadership skills to help fix our broken government, economy and education system.
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