Excerpts from Gov. Pat McCrory's State of the State speech

From staff reportsFebruary 18, 2013 

“I know one thing, borrowing from Washington with no idea or plan of how to pay for it ends with this administration. Right now.”

“We recently found out that we inherited a system that was double-billing on the Triangle expressway. ... Each of those customers that were double-billed have been called and given a personal apology. That is the culture of state government we must have – a culture of customer service. ...Tony, I charge you with several other projects. First and foremost, fix DMV.”

“For the sake of our families, please send me legislation, which will re-establish our drug treatment courts and also increase penalties for those who set up meth labs in our communities.”

“Our No. 1 focus is on the economy and jobs. You know it, I see it and it’s tough. We’ve got to do everything we can to help people who want to work.

“We must begin to change the debate on education. Instead on focusing the debate only on the budget, we now must demand results. We must ensure that our schools are preparing our students for success by effectively teaching them both the knowledge and the skills that will help them lead productive lives and also find jobs..”

“I’m kind of an Eisenhower Republican. I believe one of government’s main roles is to provide the needed infrastructure to support job creation and economic growth.”

“One of North Carolina’s other greatest strengths is our export potential. ..When I go overseas on trade missions as your governor, my No. 1 priority will be explanding the exports of products which say ‘Made in North Carolina.’ ”

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