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Cooper Will Take Oath of Office For Governor During Midnight Swearing-In Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 11:46
Roy Cooper will be sworn in shortly after midnight on January 1 at the state capitol. The North Carolina constitution stipulates that the governor can take office on the first day of January. 
 
North Carolina Chief Justice Mark Martin will administer the oath of office. Cooper's family will be in attenadance as well as Secretary of State Elaine Marshall during a private swearing in ceremony. A media pool will cover the event. 
 
Cooper’s public inauguration ceremony is January 7. 
 
State NAACP Will Ask For Boycott Of NC PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 11:37
North Carolina's NAACP will ask the national organization for a boycott of the state because the General Assembly failed to repeal HB2 during a special session. 
 
"This legislature is trying to raise a new Confederacy in policy," NC NAACP president, Reverend William  Barber said at a news conference. "This group doesn't respect the Constitution. They do not respect the voices of the people. They do not respect the will of the people. They do not respect the vote, and it seems in some ways they do not respect just a little bit of money being removed from the state."
 
The NAACP staged a national boycott of South Carolina for 15 years over the flying of a Confederate flag at the capitol grounds.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 11:53
 
McCrory Recommends Higher Teacher Pay, Transportation Bond And Heftier Rainy Day Fund PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:39
Every outgoing governor is required by state law to forward budget recommendations to the incoming governor. In accordance with the law, Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement to accompany his recommendations. 
 
"As our state prepares for a new year, it is now my responsibility to provide budget recommendations as required by North Carolina law.
 
Thanks to our decisive action over the past four years in regards to tax reform, paying off massive debt, investing in our roads, education and our rainy day fund, North Carolina’s economy and financial standing is stronger than ever before in North Carolina history.
 
Because of this financial strength, the key points of my recommended budget will have a positive impact on North Carolina for generations to come in four key areas.
 
The first area is transportation.
 
My recommended budget supports a future transportation bond of over $1 billion that will anticipate and prepare  for future road needs.
 
Like the Connect NC bond, this transportation bond would not require a tax increase.
 
The second area is teacher pay.
 
Over the past four years, we provided the largest teacher pay increase in the nation, boosting average teacher pay in North Carolina to $50,000 for the first time in state history.
 
My budget continues this progress and raises average teacher pay to nearly $55,000 by the year 2018.
 
This is in addition to a plan to increase much-needed principal pay by more than 10 percent over the next two years.
 
The next area is Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
 
I am calling for North Carolina to build upon the progress of our Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use by investing an additional $40 million to support those suffering throughout the state from mental health and substance use issues.
 
And finally the last area is continuing to build upon and replenish our Rainy Day Fund.
 
Over the last several months, we have been able to address some of the worst natural disasters in state history thanks to our responsible financial management and record investments in our Rainy Day Fund.
 
My proposed budget would invest nearly $700 million into our Rainy Day Fund to ensure North Carolina continues to recover from Hurricane Matthew and is prepared for the next natural disaster or possible economic downturn.
 
By investing in these key areas, I believe North Carolina can continue the incredible progress we have made together.
 
You know four years ago, the Carolina Comeback began.
 
Today we can say with certainty that the Carolina Comeback happened.
 
May God bless you and the great state of North Carolina."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:44
 
McCrory Signs Bill Limiting Governor's Powers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:52
Governor Pat McCrory has signed House Bill 17, which among other items, severely curtails the appointive powers of the governor. McCrory issued the following statement after he signed the bill. 
 
"Last week, I was extremely proud of our bipartisan effort to enact much needed relief to help our citizens recovering from Hurricane Matthew.
 
"I also signed legislation to reorganize a broken election process, bringing stronger ethics and a fair and transparent system to ensure consistent application of rules and procedures across our state.
 
"During the past week as the legislature called themselves back into session, I was actively working as your governor to protect the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government. Examples include discouraging proposed legislation moving major departments including Information Technology and Commerce outside of the governor’s authority. I also successfully worked to deter any efforts to expand the composition of our Supreme Court.
 
"Due to these efforts, I have come to realize that the current changes to executive authority in House Bill 17 have been greatly exaggerated by misleading TV ads, paid protesters and state and national media outlets.
 
"This bill enhances state employee policies, transfers school safety programs to the education department, allows our state legislature to make university trustee appointments, and clarifies the roles and organizational structure of the superintendent of public instruction and board of education - hardly extreme changes.
 
"My major disagreement with this bill is requiring confirmation of cabinet secretaries. This is wrong and short-sighted and needs to be resolved through the leadership skills of the governor-elect working with the legislature beginning in January. With this in mind, I will sign House Bill 17."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:57
 
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