RALEIGH -- The economy, education and state government efficiency were all major points in Gov. Pat McCrory's first State of the State address Monday.
McCrory commented on the current state and future of North Carolina in front of a joint session of the General Assembly in Raleigh.
The former Charlotte mayor said the state is no longer going to take federal money with knowing how to pay it back. That comment was in reference to the $2.5 billion North Carolina owes the federal government for unemployment benefits.
McCrory said he would sign a bill Tuesday that would accelerate the debt repayment by raising taxes and cutting jobless benefits.
McCrory said he would also seek legislation to allow school districts use more lottery revenues for technology and virtual learning.