Governor cites N.C. reforms as ways to energize national economy

May 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory touted his state Saturday as an example of how government can spur economic growth through education and efficient policies.

Delivering the Republican Party's weekly media address, McCrory blasted a "stagnant national economy and ineffective policies of the past" for the lack of job growth.

Since taking office in January, McCrory said he had begun an initiative that uses the "expertise" of the private sector to "cut red tape and respond quickly and effectively to the needs of job creators."

McCrory said his budget emphasizes educating more engineers and promotes vocational and technical training, areas where there was "immediate demand" for workers.

He said he was also working to increase the efficiency of government without an increase in taxes. Using smartphones as an example, McCrory said, "ultimately, interacting with government should be as easy as checking the latest scores on the Internet or shopping online."

He called on President Obama to sign off on North Carolina's "unconventional but common sense reform" that would curb patients' need to seek medical care in hospital emergency rooms and to approve leasing waters off the shores of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for energy exploration.

"Medicaid reform and energy are just two issues where Republican governors are exerting visionary leadership," McCrory said. "I urge the president to join us in North Carolina where we're working to make government a partner -- not an adversary to progress."

There are probably no significant deposits of oil off North Carolina's coast, geologists believe, but there could be some natural gas, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, N.C., reported.

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