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The Charlotte law firm Moore & Van Allen, where Gov. Pat McCrory was employed until just days before taking office, helped the New York-based insurance company negotiate with state and local governments to receive more than $94 million in taxpayer-funded incentives in return for the promise to add more than 2,600 jobs in the next three years. The connection raises questions in the minds of Democrats about McCrory’s role in the deal and again shines light on his employment at the law firm, which also runs a lobbying practice in Raleigh.
In his quest for the governorship, McCrory criticized incentives and the NC GOP's platform calls incentives as being “contrary to the free enterprise system.”
For more than 80 years, poor people and minorities have gained rights, respect and inclusion in the American Dream and North Carolina life. But today, with a GOP-led General Assembly, Republicans seem to be starting the process of trying to retract many civil rights and protections.
With minorities and working-class people still stinging from The Great Recession of 2007, some see a move toward the past as “Deconstruction” – or the tearing away of social gains and safety nets accumulated since the 1940’s. It’s a stunning change in direction that has many Democrats in the state’s General Assembly extremely troubled.
Behind closed doors, away from the glare of public scrutiny, Governor McCrory signed into law the NC General Assembly’s short-sighted rejection of the fully-funded federal Medicaid expansion.
Republican legislators, led by Senate Leader Phil Berger, have been distorting the facts about what this means for our everyday, hardworking North Carolinian families. Here’s the truth: expanding Medicaid in North Carolina would create jobs, increase economic activity and provide health care to hundreds of thousands North Carolinians.