Governor Roy Cooper gave his first State of the State address last night in Raleigh.
Cooper started off by saying the state of our state is “promising.” His first major point mentioned that the state is growing, our people are welcoming, but some of our laws are not. He urged lawmakers to repeal the controversial HB2 that he says has damaged our state. The governor says he believes in listening to the people in the state and he has taken concerns and boiled them down into a mission. “I want North Carolinians to be better educated, healthier and have more money in their pockets.”
Wayne County native Mackenzie Hinson, founder of the Make A Difference Food Pantry, received recognition at the address. Governor Cooper commented that 12 year old Hinson is a “remarkable young lady” and an inspiration for all of her hard work during Hurricane Matthew.
The Republican leader of the North Carolina Senate called Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vision for the state a “mirage” that would return the state to “our troubled past” of excessive government spending and high jobless rates.
Senate leader Phil Berger has led the chamber since 2011. He pre-recorded a Republican response to Cooper’s State of the State address that highlighted GOP accomplishments and blasted Cooper, liberal interest groups and the media.
Berger says Cooper talks a lot about compromise but blames Cooper for urging Democratic lawmakers to oppose recent legislation to do away with the state’s “bathroom bill,” or House Bill 2. Cooper said those bills either wouldn’t work or fell short of what was needed.
Berger also derided the Left for organizing “vulgar rallies” and for criticizing Republicans as dishonest, immoral and bigoted.
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