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Wednesday March 3rd

Letter: Gov. Pat McCrory has done well for N.C.


I want to discuss the article “McCrory and Cooper (hold first debate).” I do not take fault with the article, because it summarizes the debate. The debate was nasty, neglecting to discuss important economic issues in-depth, instead focusing on polarizing social issues. I would like to discuss the importance of the upcoming election and offer examples of McCrory’s work as North Carolina’s governor.

Under Pat McCrory’s “Carolina Comeback”, unemployment has been reduced from 9 percent to 5.5 percent. Unemployment is lower in all counties.

In 2014, North Carolina was listed as the most competitive state in the union. GDP in North Carolina is rising. Since 2013, the GDP has risen by 13.4 percent, far superseding the 1.55 percent national growth under President Obama.

North Carolina has the fastest growing economy in the country. Cooper (cites) HB2 as a business killer; his “facts” are incorrect. While a small number of businesses have left the state, many more express support for the state ... McCrory has overseen a deficit of $279 million turn into a $400 million surplus.

Regardless of political views, one cannot criticize the economic successes that the state of North Carolina has seen under Gov. McCrory. It is not fair to judge the governor’s whole tenure upon HB2. It is important to consider all aspects of McCrory’s record.

By weighing the successes and failures we become educated voters.

Tanner Henson


Political Science

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