by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
Cleaning out my notebook and found notes from Governor Cooper’s address to the NC Rural Assembly on November 16, 2018. He outlined his priorities for 2019.
2018 wraps on a contentious note between the governor and the General Assembly, i.e. voter ID veto and overrides and a lawsuit already, Elections/Ethics bill veto on its way, – you get the idea. The 2019-20 session is right around the corner and Republicans in the General Assembly will be without a veto proof supermajority. Will it be a year of stand-offs or will they find common ground?
The governor said his priorities are:
Republicans will have their own ideas that include rebuilding the rainy day fund, keeping government growth in check, further tax reforms, rolling back regulations, investments in the classroom, ensuring every student has the best educational opportunity, investments in infrastructure, access to affordable health care and pro-growth policies.
Surely they can find some common ground. Unfortunately it may be the escalating economic incentive game. At least we know where they’re headed.