RALEIGH (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants his second year in office to focus on improving the state's economic climate, supporting public school teachers and making state government more efficient.
McCrory held a news conference Tuesday with his Cabinet and top staff to talk about his goals and other initiatives he says will affect the state for many years.
The governor promised to get a teacher pay package through the General Assembly when it reconvenes in May. but did not provide details. He wants to increase starting pay and reward teachers in high-demand subjects.
McCrory says passing a Medicaid overhaul plan may be the hardest to get through the legislature. His administration is also reviewing whether some agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services are too large and unwieldy.
Gov. Pat McCrory wants to let North Carolina citizens know what his goals are for 2014 and beyond.
McCrory scheduled a news conference Tuesday with his Cabinet and top staff at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh.
McCrory's office confirmed the Republican wants to talk about his agenda as he enters his second year in office.
He gave a taste of his ideas while speaking with audiences in Wilson last week. He said he was interested in raising teacher pay and wants to make educators feel respected.
McCrory also said he wanted to help rural communities with economic development, get more workers trained for vacant jobs and repair more state government buildings.
The governor says he had to make tough decisions in 2013 with unemployment debt and tax changes.
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