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The Cooper Promise Tracker

  • Business
  • I will look to spur more private lending, with the help of federal funds, to provide greater credit access for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
  • I will seek up to one million dollars in private investment to seed a collateral support micro-loan program.
  • I will work to create a statewide mentorship program to support small businesses.
  • I will launch “NC Business Made Easier,” a streamlining initiative that will root out inefficiencies and redundancies with our business services in order to provide better customer service to small businesses, an effective strategy employed by Maryland.
  • I will work with our state and local chambers of commerce, and our regional leaders to identify ways state government could be a better partner to our businesses.
  • I will request a full assessment of incentive programs to be completed within my first year in office. (JDIG projects)
  • I will put measures in place to direct more incentives to projects in target industries with legitimate growth potential, so we invest in more winners and create more jobs.
  • I will make doing business easier.
  • Economics
  • I promise economic gains for North Carolina.
  • “I will work with the business community to develop a new state economic plan for North Carolina … This will include working closely with each of our unique regions.”
  • Education
  • I will raise teacher salaries to at least the national average.
  • I will boost pre-kindergarten funding.
  • I will revive the Teaching Fellows program.
  • I will cut back on Standardized testing.
  • I will implement background checks for educators.
  • I will work to increase funding for Smart Start and NC Pre-K, with a sustainable plan that gives priority to serving more at-risk children.
  • I will be an advocate for early reading programs.
  • I will work in a bipartisan manner to strive to raise teacher pay to at least the national average.
  • I will streamline the workforce development system and ensure that programs match the needs of the industries targeted for future growth.
  • I will increase the number of apprenticeship programs in high-need industry areas, like construction trades and advanced manufacturing.
  • I will look to expand Regional Leadership Academies to create a stronger pipeline of exceptionally trained and high quality principals.
  • I will work with our state’s education leaders to create a Freedom & Flexibility Pledge for principals that outlines a certain level of flexibility and freedom that public school administrators should have.
  • I will push to expand them (Career Readiness Academies)  statewide in partnership with our local community colleges, and ensure that coursework is aligned with the needs of high-demand . industries in the community.
  • I will ensure the state proactively engages with federal student loan borrowers through a social media outreach campaign about student debt relief programs.
  • I will be committing to a budget that does not shortchange public schools and keeps pace with increases in student enrollment.
  • I will be pushing back on action that drains public school support.
  • I will identify a consistent, reliable funding source for public schools to keep funding levels adequate and predictable in the future.
  • I will provide state support to help districts find savings to drive dollars to the classroom.
  • I will reform lottery spending and maximize our education dollars by putting a stop to legislators raiding lottery proceeds.
  • Higher Education
  • I will reverse the financial aid funding cap.
  • I will push to expand them statewide in partnership with our local community colleges, and ensure that coursework is aligned with the needs of high-demand industries in the community.
  • I will call for establishing a state loan refinancing authority.
  • I will ease student loan debt.
  • I will make community college tuition free by leveraging federal grants.
  • I will put together a team of education partners and budgetary advisors to design a proposal for North Carolina to offer free tuition for community college.
  • HB2
  • I will Repeal House Bill 2 and I will work to bring back those jobs lost because of HB2.
  • Healthcare
  • I will explore the use of Social Impact Bonds for results-based care and other intervention programs serving at-risk children.
  • I will expand the Nurse-Family partnership.
  • I will tackle as governor accepting Medicaid expansion. Cooper said this was ‘one of the first things he would do’.
  • Legal
  • I will revise the police video law.
  • Taxes
  • I will use a portion of any future gains in state revenue to reinstate the childcare tax credit for working families, with the potential to increase the credit amount as revenues grow over time.
  • I will look at ways we can provide this important tax break to middle class families.
  • I will fight to restore the Film Tax Credit.
  • I will not increase taxes to pay for my proposals.
  • I will work to increase the amount of hours of unpaid leave for parents, and at a minimum, to expand the current allowance to make it four hours per child.
  • Infrastructure
  • I will work to leverage the existing middle mile network of MCNC to reach more unserved and underserved areas. (High Speed Internet)
  • Transportation and Transparency
  • I will not institute tolls on  I-77.
  • I will provide public records in a timely fashion.
  • Voting and Elections
  • I will reinstate same-day voter registration.
  • I will extend early voting from 10 to 17 days.
  • I will allow for online voter registration.
  • I will rollback voter ID and pass laws that encourage voting
  • I will support an independent redistricting committee.
  • I will fight against gerrymandering.

Commitments made by NC Gov. Roy Cooper

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