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Gov. Cooper to legislature: ‘Let’s get to work’

Gov. Roy Cooper is ready to put differences aside and work collaboratively with the North Carolina legislature.

The Democratic governor and Republican-led legislature started out this year with a power clash that the courts now have to settle, but Cooper, in an online post titled “Let’s get to work,” said he’s certain they can work together moving forward.

Our greatest leaders—both Republicans and Democrats—have recognized the power of a strong and growing middle class. Today, that must be our priority again.

This legislative session, we must work to rebuild our economy, repair our reputation, and expand opportunity for hardworking families across our state.

Cooper said they can start by repealing House Bill 2, the state’s sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation that has brought steep economic consequences. In the post, he also pushes for Medicaid expansion, though that’s an ongoing legal battle that has yet to be decided.

The other two priorities Cooper laid out are raising teacher pay and rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew.

These are just a few of the issues we’ll face this year and I’m certain we will have disagreements and challenges in the weeks and months ahead. But I know we can do this. We didn’t agree on everything when I was in the legislature, but we found consensus to cut taxes for the middle class, expand early childhood education, and raise teacher pay to the national average.

North Carolinians work hard and don’t ask for much. They don’t care if something is a Democratic idea or a Republican idea. They just want an opportunity for a good job in a place they are proud to call home. Let’s get to work, find common ground, and build an economy that really works for everyone.

You can read the full post here. The legislature reconvenes at noon today.

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