Rep. Renee Ellmers says legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory marks positive moves for the state.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Despite the state being the target of a wave of negative press in national media, Rep. Renee Ellmers says legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory marks positive moves for the state.
The New York Times published an article Wednesday saying that North Carolina's "right turn" under the McCrory administration is leaving residents "across the political spectrum worried that the state's often-hailed political pragmatism may have given way to the ideological warfare of Washington."
"The agenda that did pass was unquestionably a right turn for a state that only five years ago voted for Barack Obama, the first Democratic presidential candidate to win here since Jimmy Carter," the article read.
The article points to stricter regulations on abortion clinics, a voter ID requirement and lax concealed carry laws as examples of the state's conservative change.
But Congresswoman Ellmers (R-N.C.) said the laws that McCrory has signed this session will prove to be positive for the state.
"All of the positive moves that the state legislature and Gov. McCrory are making on education, on the budget, on tax reform, these are all great moves that they're working on, and we'll have to let them play out so we can see the results," Ellmers said Wednesday.
The state's $21 billion spending plan signed by McCrory offers no raises for North Carolina teachers, who are among the lowest-paid in the country. McCrory included a 1 percent raise in his budget proposal, but lawmakers took it out.
GOP lawmakers also are cutting public education spending, job security and education bonuses, while creating a grant system for low-income public school students to move to private schools.
The North Carolina Association of Educators said it is upset with the $20 million set aside over the next two years for the private school grants.
On her website, Ellmers said there is a need to "give control of our schools back to our teachers and school boards while limiting the bureaucracy that has prevented progress."
"By reinstating local control of our schools, we can strengthen our education system and make sure every student gets the education he or she needs to succeed," her website says.
Last month, Ellmers announced she would run for re-election in the U.S. House of Representatives rather make a bid for the Senate. Ellmers had been one of several names within the GOP being considered to take on incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).