Governor Talks Issues Facing Adminstration
While Governor Pat McCrory was in Western North Carolina Monday, News 13 talked with him about a wide range of controversial issues facing his administration. Teacher pay and education being a big one.
Governor McCrory was greeted by protesting teachers at Robbinsville High School Monday. The sign-waving educators upset over another year without raises. But McCrory says there's simply no money to give teachers a raise.
"I inherited a terrible budget from the previous administration and I've got to rebuild that budget," said McCrory.
Yet the governor was able to find money in his budget to give two 24-year-old staffers $20,000 raises, bringing their total salary to $85,000 a year.
"They're taking jobs in which they manage a lot of people and I'm not going to discriminate against them because of their age. I hope you don't believe in discrimination," said McCrory.
The governor also addressed Voter ID laws.
"We're doing what 31 other states are already doing in our nation... We're offering free IDs and they have three years to get them. And I think that's common sense," said McCrory.
Voter ID also allows local boards of election to move polling sites off college campuses where students tend to vote more democratic, like Appalachian State in Boone.
"I want to take the politics out of where we put our precincts. It should be based upon where we get the greatest access for the majority of people," said McCrory.
Governor McCrory addresses his plummeting approval rating now at only 39%.
"I'm surprised they're that high. We're going to come back. But I'm not here for high approval ratings, I'm here to lead," said McCrory.
News 13 also asked the governor about disaster relief for crop damage here in Western North Carolina after all the flooding problems. The governor said the situation is still being evaluated.
Click here to watch the entire interview with Governor McCrory.