McCrory: State Government Leaders Miss the Boat' on Education, Mental Health and State Employee Healthcare
Mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican nominee for governor, today made the following statement on the General Assembly's special session:
"North Carolina schools started this week without enough money in their budgets to pay for gas to operate school buses while teachers learned their performance bonuses were not funded. At the same time, the state mental health care system is in crisis with patients dying and hospitals losing accreditation.
"In addition, the State Health Plan for state employees, teachers and retirees is faced with a financial crisis that will affect the health of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. The Health Plan ended the fiscal year in June with a $170 million deficit, is projected to end this fiscal year with a $270 million deficit and is projected to end the following year with an $850 million deficit. The Health Plan will run out of cash to pay bills right around election time.
"In the midst of these crises, the General Assembly is holding a special session on the governor's veto of a bill increasing the width of boat trailers on state highways. Certainly, Lt. Gov. Perdue and the Democrat legislative leaders have a right to consider the merits of the governor's veto of boat trailers. But why don't they show the same leadership in dealing with three major crises facing our schools, our mental health system and our state employees and their families?"