McCrory: Tax changes “too complex” for journalists to understand

Gov. Pat McCrory was in Asheville yesterday when he told the Council on Independent Business Owners that changes to the state’s tax and unemployment systems were being misunderstood by the state’s journalists.

From the Mountain XPress, Asheville’s weekly alternative newspaper:

“This is too complex for the journalists,” McCrory said, to laughter from the CIBO members. “They don’t have economics degrees, they’ve not been in business. I respect them greatly, but you get it. This is what we have to do to rebuild our economy. It’s not easy. I empathize with the people being impacted, but my goal is to get these people back into jobs.”

McCrory particularly defended a controversial cut in unemployment benefits. He said that the state asked to lower the benefits to the levels of surrounding states, but the federal government refused, as its commitment to backing and extending unemployment benefits during the financial crisis required states to keep their benefits the same.

He also told the crowd that he wanted to introduce performance pay for teachers but that “the unions are stopping us from doing that,” according to the Mountain Xpress article.

North Carolina, unlike many other states, doesn’t have teacher unions, and has laws that prohibit collective bargaining in public sector jobs like teaching.

Mark Binker over at WRAL, in a post this afternoon, pointed out that McCrory, despite lodging criticism, doesn’t have an economics degree.

We here at N.C. Policy Watch have previously written about other misstatements McCrory has made about this year’s drastic changes to the state’s unemployment system. McCrory has (inaccurately) blamed the Obama Administration for not preventing the July 1 unemployment cliff that led to 70,000 people losing federal unemployment benefits.

Those changes were a result of legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly and signed into law by McCrory. (Click here to read more.)


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    A truer statement has never been uttered by a NC politician.

  2. david esmay

    August 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    And McCrony fully understands something he’s never read? A more fatuous statement has never been been uttered by a NC Republicon, and THAT is saying something.

  3. gregflynn

    August 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    The fact that McCrory doesn’t have an economics degree explains a lot then.

  4. Alan aka Captain America

    August 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Well, what can we expect from state and government controlled media oulets? All thoso pinko/commie/socialist/fascist liburels aren’t edyoucated like us real Americuns.

  5. Gene Hoglan

    August 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    A lot of businesses do their part to help out the community by employing people with developmental disabilities to help them with living independently and boosting their self-esteem, but we might be the first state to elect one governor for the same purpose.

  6. Jack

    August 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    If I understand the governor he has to put people out of jobs, teachers for example, before he can put people into jobs. Is this the economic philosophy behind the free market agenda?

    Also, how does the suppression of voting rights, education, and so on play into “rebuild our economy?”

  7. david esmay

    August 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Jack, the gov believes he must destroy the village in order to save it, and misery breeds company. He doesn’t want the unemployed, the poor, the elderly, or the disadvantaged to feel left out of his administration. It’s all part of his laser phucus on the economy.

  8. regular guy

    August 27, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Interesting, the “unions” didn’t stop him from shitting all over public education in every other area. But yeah, they magically “stopped” him from doing something about better pay. McCrory is a fraud.

  9. willard cottrell

    August 28, 2013 at 12:50 am

    For a clown who didn’t read laws – that is quite an astounding answer.

  10. LayintheSmakDown

    August 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

    greggy, you do not have to have an econ degree to understand economics, but being in business certainly involves a great deal of understanding budgets and finance while being in journalism involves regurgitating the press release from whatever progresso/liberal souce wants you to print their most recent “issue”.

  11. gregflynn

    August 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Is that some of your famous “logic”?

  12. ML

    August 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Regurgitating press releases is precisely the one thing mccrory can do and he does it poorly. Now I’m going to regurgitate…

  13. Alan

    August 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    LSD (Doogie) logic. Up is down, down is up.

  14. david esmay

    August 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    LSD, laying down the pretzel logic.

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