Gov. Pat McCrory gives the Republican Party’s Weekly Remarks

Hello, I’m Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina.

Like you, when I look to Washington, I see entrenched gridlock and an immediate need for executive leadership. Fortunately, Washington bears no resemblance to states where strong Republican governors are using their leadership skills to improve the daily lives of their citizens. (Scroll down for a video of these complete remarks.)

For example, here in North Carolina, we’re concentrating on reforms in three fundamental areas: the economy, education and efficiency.

Since the day I took office in January, putting people back to work has been our top priority. Because of a stagnant national economy and ineffective policies of the past, private sector growth has been at a standstill.

To get job creation moving again, we launched the ‘Partnership for Prosperity,’ an initiative which will provide a central point of contact for business. The private sector’s ground-floor involvement is critical to this new venture. Their expertise will allow us to cut red tape and respond quickly and effectively to the needs of job creators so more North Carolinians can get back on the payroll.

But getting businesses to open and expand is only half the job. That’s where education comes in. Employers right now need job-ready workers who have the technical and critical thinking skills that are mandatory in today’s workplace.

Too often, employers tell me they can’t find qualified applicants. To close what I call, the skills gap, my budget prioritizes engineering, vocational and technical training—areas where there is immediate demand for qualified workers.

I’ve often been asked how can we start new initiatives without asking the taxpayers for more money. The answer is efficiency.