The governor says he’s optimistic that the wish-list he laid out in the State of the State address on Wednesday will sail through the legislature and revitalize the state. That includes convincing the General Assembly to approve incentive funding and put bond issues to the voters to pay for road and building upgrades.
“My goal is to get everything through,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in an interview following an event in Wilson on Friday.
He stressed the importance of economic development investments in depressed rural areas and in cities with blighted neighborhoods, as one of his biggest priorities.
“I believe it’s a conservative value to encourage private investment,” McCrory said. “That is the most conservative philosophy that you can have, is to set up a tax system which encourages private sector investment, especially in those areas that can’t do it by themselves.
“And that’s true in a lot of our towns where you have abandoned buildings. No one’s going to come and invest in that without bank support and also some potential tax credit.”
Here’s part of the interview: