Governor McCrory Reflects on 2015
Governor Pat McCrory released the following video reflecting on the past year and his initiatives to strengthen education, create jobs and career opportunities, build new roads that connect our communities and reform government to make it more accountable and efficient.
- Added over 230,000 private sector jobs.
- Paid off $2.8 billion federal debt.
- Led the drive for the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum to invest in universities, community colleges, parks, National Guard facilities, and water and sewer infrastructure.
- Modernized the tax code to put more dollars in the paychecks of North Carolinians, spur job creation and to save families and business owners $4.4 billion over the first five years of tax reform.
- Signed 2015-17 state budget with $700 million in new funding for K-12 education.
- Committed over $1 billion more for teacher pay through his first term.
- Fought for nearly 2,800 teacher assistant positions.
- Achieved one of the highest high school graduation rates in state history at 85.4%.
- Improved customer service at the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) by extending office hours, adding self-serve kiosks, implementing online driver license renewals, and eliminating written tests.
- Created a new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to streamline services, protect the state's military bases, promote the health and safety of veterans and military families, help veterans get jobs, and work with the unique needs of base communities.
- Ended annual shortfalls in the Medicaid program and passed Medicaid reform to improve patient care and hold down costs to taxpayers.
- Announced $445 million dollar surplus spurred by the governor’s job creation policies and built up the state’s rainy day fund to more than $1 billion.