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Governor McCrory responds to negative New York Times editorial

Saturday, July 13, 2013
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory speaks with reporters

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory speaks with reporters (WTVD Photo)

Just days after a New York Times editorial criticized the policies of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Republican lawmakers, McCrory is firing back.

The paper published a blistering editorial piece Wednesday which slammed state government for what it calls "grotesque damage" by the Republican majority.

The paper cited legislation such as the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, a slash in public school spending, and the cruelest decision of all - they said - the end of federal unemployment benefits for 170,000 North Carolinians despite North Carolina having the fifth highest unemployment rate in the country.

It noted North Carolina now ranks 46th in the nation for education spending and said education cuts are "making it harder for future generations of workers to find jobs."

But in a letter dated Friday, McCrory explained how he saw his first six months in office. He began with the assertion that, "The North Carolina I'm leading today is on a powerful comeback."

He went on to explain his position.

"While it may not be apparent to the very liberal worldview of The Times, North Carolina's new focus on reform is paying off," said McCrory in a letter to the editor. "Already companies have announced plans to create more than 9,300 jobs in the state and invest more than $1.1 billion in facilities."

The letter appeared in Saturday's version of the New York Times.

While the Times criticized cuts, McCrory characterized changes made by Republicans as "vital reforms."

"My reforms have stepped on the toes of the political right and the left who are vested in the old ways of doing business. But in my 14 years as mayor of Charlotte, I learned that it didn't matter whether a good idea came from a Republican or a Democrat. What mattered was whether it solved a problem and did so at a cost taxpayers could afford," he offered.

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