ProgressNC Action Statement on Gov. McCrory's State of the State Address

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In State of the State Address, Gov. McCrory Ignores Reality of Working Families

The hard facts of a shrinking workforce, stagnant wages, and lower tax revenues show McCrory’s story to be less fact and more fiction.

RALEIGH - Progress North Carolina Action released the following statement in reaction to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s State of the State address:

“In an 80 minute speech, Gov. McCrory never mentioned the words ‘middle class,’ and he showed himself as a politician who is out of touch with working families,” said Gerrick Brenner, Exec. Director of Progress North Carolina Action. “He touts a sliding unemployment rate that mirrors a national trend, but he refused to recognize the tens of thousands of North Carolinians who have stopped looking for work out of frustration of not finding a job. He did not acknowledge the problem of stagnant wages and a median income that now ranks 47th in the nation. And in the midst of a teacher crisis in which the state was ranked as the dead last worst state to be a teacher, the Governor’s only clear solution is starting pay of only $35,000 per year. The Governor offered more description of a broken fountain on the Capitol grounds in Raleigh than he did the condition of our dwindling textbooks or any classrooms in our public schools.”

- Gerrick Brenner, Exec. Dir., Progress North Carolina Action


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