CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Governor Roy Cooper was in Charlotte Monday, asking city business leaders to support his education plan that could put an end to corporate tax cuts.

Cooper gave the remarks at a Charlotte Chamber of Commerce board meeting at UNCC's uptown campus.

"North Carolina is the place to be and Charlotte is clearly an economic engine for us," Cooper said to the room of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The governor's budget calls for more investment in education, from Pre-K to college. However, he says to improve teacher pay and make the state's schools more competitive, there needs to be more funding.

"In my conversations with CEOs about jobs in North Carolina, the first question they ask me is not what is your corporate tax?" Cooper told the audience. "The first question is 'do you have the people who can perform the jobs that I can create?'"

Addressing a crowd that potentially benefits from corporate tax cuts, Cooper asked for support.

We're not going to be able to do corporate tax cuts and tax cuts for the wealthiest and do what we need to do investing in education. It is pretty much an either-or choice," he said. "I think you would have a lot of businesses that would agree with that, i just want them to tell the legislature.

"Most of the jobs we want are going to be relying on the well-trained work force, they are going to want that investment so I'm asking them to step up and help us with that."