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McCrory refuses to endorse his own view of lottery advertising

Governor Pat McCrory apparently is not willing to agree publicly with himself.  The Associated Press reports that McCrory “declined to say whether he believes raising lottery advertising expenses to get more money is a good idea, saying he won’t negotiate through the press.”

The House budget cynically increases the lottery advertising budget to raise more money in lottery sales to fund teacher raises—even though House leaders knew when they passed the budget last week that their plan would not raise as much money as they claimed.

McCrory is declining to agree with a statement in made just 18 months ago in his 2013 State of the State speech before the General Assembly when he called on state lawmakers to cut what he said was the “bloated and frankly annoying lottery advertising” to increase funding for school technology.

Lawmakers ignored McCrory’s proposal last year and now House leaders are headed in the opposite direction, counting on the ability of the state to convince more people to buy more lottery tickets to fund a teacher salary increase.

McCrory was right last year.  And he ought to say it again now, loudly and publicly.  Standing up against something he is already on the record opposing is not negotiating through the press, it is leadership. McCrory should try it sometime.

 

One Comment


  1. love my state

    June 18, 2014 at 9:41 am

    but he can’t – he’s got no spine, and his puppet master art has him all bent over.

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