State Politics

McCrory State of the State address: Quotes and reactions

“We have had great success over the past two years, but there is still a lot of work to be done, and that’s exactly what we will do.”

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory

“Gov. McCrory often brags about an economic comeback. But when it comes to the middle class, all we’ve seen is rhetoric.”

N.C. House Democratic leader Larry Hall

“One of my first clues of maintenance issues … I walked by these fountains that were in front of the state Capitol, and they were full of dirty water and trash, and they weren’t working. … This looks terrible. It’s a terrible signal for North Carolina. … We can no longer afford this culture of neglect and apathy. We’re going to fix things in this state.”


“The governor offered more description of a broken fountain on the Capitol grounds in Raleigh than he did the condition of our dwindling textbooks or any classrooms in our public schools.”

Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress N.C. Action

“We appreciate Gov. McCrory’s leadership and thank for him sharing his vision for continuing to move North Carolina forward. Senate Republicans look forward to reviewing and considering the details of his proposals in the coming weeks.”

Senate leader Phil Berger, a Republican

“I strongly support making sure we’ve gotten every efficiency we can out of the existing departments before we pledge the good faith and credit of the state on the bonds.”

House member David Lewis, a Republican