Governor Cooper has come into the new year ready and willing to do the people’s work. I’m encouraged.
On Medicaid, the governor is taking a sensible approach to make sure families don't go bankrupt from medical expenses. His proposal for Medicaid expansion if the right thing to do. On HB2, he’s telling businesses around the nation and the world that we are not a state that discriminates against people who travel to the beat of a different drum. This is a good thing. And on teacher pay and school funding, he’s thrown down the gauntlet to state legislators, reminding everyone that our state has a lot of work to do to dig out of the hole they’ve dug. Teacher's and parents should be cheering.
But that’s not all. Mr. Cooper is also defending the office of the governor against legislative overreach – and his record of challenging unconstitutional laws is impressive. Hopefully, Attorney General Stein will be at his side, representing the people's interests and the state constitution in what promises to be a long list of court challenges.
We should support Mr. Cooper’s aggressive approach to cleaning up the mess that the GOP has made in Raleigh, and we should encourage him to expand his vision. What's on your list of things the Governor should be pursuing?