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Governor-elect Pat McCrory looks toward a member of his election staff as he speaks to the media about his election and transition team during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Chuck Burton

Governor-elect Pat McCrory looks toward a member of his election staff as he speaks to the media about his election and transition team during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Pat McCrory: Reforms require Fed's help

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To get North Carolina moving forward again, our administration is concentrating on reforms in three fundamental areas: the economy, education and efficiency. We’re making great progress on some complex long-term problems, but on two critical issues — health care and energy — we’re going to need the federal government’s cooperation.

Today, I will participate in a panel of Outer-Continental Shelf governors on the need to expand offshore energy exploration. In February during a White House visit, I asked President Barack Obama directly to expand offshore leasing off the coasts of North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. He told me the issue is being reviewed.

The time for further delay is over. It’s time to get off the sidelines and allow the states to exert the leadership that will create thousands of jobs, reduce America’s dependence on Middle Eastern oil and protect the environment. The federal government must form a more cooperative partnership with the states so that more Americans — especially North Carolinians — can get back on the payroll.

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