Pat McCroryGovernor of North Carolina
Since entering office, Governor Pat McCrory has worked to improve North Carolina in three key areas: the economy, education and efficiency.
He signed historic tax reform into law that put more money into the paychecks of hard working families by reducing personal and corporate tax rates. This reform is expected to save North Carolinians $4.4 billion over the next five years.
The governor also reformed North Carolina’s outdated unemployment insurance system and streamlined the state’s workforce development programs, paying off a $2.6 billion debt owed to the federal government, saving employers hundreds of millions of dollars that can be invested in employees, modernization and expansion.
These, and other decisions, have fueled the Carolina Comeback.
When Governor McCrory took office, North Carolina had the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the nation. Today, reforms initiated by Governor McCrory have helped North Carolina's innovative private sector to create more than 275,000 new jobs.
Thanks to the governor’s leadership, North Carolina’s economy is strong and getting stronger which has allowed the McCrory Administration to make important investments in our state.
Since taking office, more than $1 billion has been invested in raising teacher salaries. Funding for K-12 education was increased by $700 million in the last budget signed by the governor. These investments and others have helped educators achieve the highest high school graduation rate in North Carolina’s history.
Governor McCrory is investing in our military and veterans, initiating in-state tuition for veterans at our universities and community colleges as well as streamlining license requirements for those who have received military training in designated fields, such as law enforcement.
Governor McCrory took politics out of highway funding and created a funding formula that prioritizes congestion relief, improved safety and job creation. Budget reforms championed by the governor eliminated annual withdrawals from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund, which will allow for more investment in transportation projects throughout the state, including North Carolina's ports.
To build on this progress, Governor McCrory championed the $2 billion Connect NC bond proposal. Approved overwhelmingly by the people of North Carolina, Connect NC will invest in our state’s education, public safety, agriculture, state parks and other needed infrastructure to prepare our state for future growth and invest in the next generation of North Carolinians.
Governor McCrory’s focus on service reflects his lifelong dedication to improving the lives of others, a fact that was evident to the people of Charlotte who elected him mayor for a record seven terms. Governor McCrory has been married to his wife Ann for 27 years and the couple has a Labrador retriever mix named Moe.