Promises about State Budget on Coop-O-Meter

Bring teacher pay to the national average

"As governor, I will value teachers by working in a bipartisan manner to strive to raise teacher pay to at least the national average."

Restore the child care tax credit

"I will use a portion of any future gains in state revenue to reinstate the childcare tax credit for working families."

Expand Medicaid

"One of the first things I will tackle as governor is accepting Medicaid expansion."

Create a micro-loan program

"As governor, I will seek up to one million dollars in private investment to seed a collateral support micro-loan program."

Apprenticeship programs for high school students

"I will increase the number of apprenticeship programs in high-need industry areas, like construction trades and advanced manufacturing."

Reform the state lottery

"Over the years the lottery funds have been diverted away from the original educational purpose. ... I’ll work to reform lottery spending and maximize our education dollars by putting a stop to legislators raiding lottery proceeds."

Raise education spending without raising taxes

"We are 44th in per-student spending in North Carolina. That is unacceptable. We have to do much more. ... Yes, absolutely we can do it without raising taxes."

Prevent cuts to education funding

"As governor, I will protect (public education) from being further undermined by politicians in Raleigh wanting to dismantle it."

Tuition-free community college

"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."

Expand Pre-K

"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."

Pay teachers based on education level

"I will value teachers by a teacher pay policy that rewards experience and education that leads to improved student outcomes."

Reduce the cost of college

"I will reduce the cost of college to make it more accessible by increasing state investment in education and helping student loan borrowers pay off their loans."

State assistance for student loan borrowers

"I will call for establishing a state loan refinancing authority. This will allow North Carolina to lower monthly loan repayments for thousands of (student) borrowers"

Make schools more high-tech

"I will actively seek more public-private partnerships to ensure access to technology by wiring all schools to broadband and increasing the School Technology Fund to support more one-on-one device initiatives."

Pay for school system audits to identify inefficient spending

"As governor, I will provide state support to help districts find savings to drive dollars to the classroom."

"Early College" high schools in every school district

"Our state is nationally recognized for its early college high school education model, which integrates high school and college-level learning over four or five years. Upon graduation students receive a high school diploma and an associate’s degree, or up to two years of university credit. ... As governor, I will push to expand them statewide."

Increase funding for public universities

"Each time state policymakers cut funding for public universities, the quality of education suffers, tuition goes up and the future of our workforce is jeopardized. As governor, I will push to reverse this economically disastrous trend and rebalance our state’s priorities."

More state incentives for small businesses

"I will shift a greater percentage of incentive dollars to small businesses with 200 or fewer employees."

Restore film tax credits

"Five things we can do to give our economy a boost (include) fight to restore the film tax credit."