CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The men running to be North Carolina's next governor were both in Charlotte Tuesday, speaking to the North Carolina Technology Association Conference.
Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory addressed the crowd of 150, discussing a wide array of issues, but focusing mostly on the economy.
Lieutenant Governor Dalton touted his new jobs plan, which gives incentives to companies that hire or train unemployed workers. It also cuts taxes for small businesses.
“It’s a plan that will put people back to work now. But also builds jobs for the future,” said Dalton.
But former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory says the plan is too timid.
“Mr. Dalton’s plan is far too late. He’s been part of the failed leadership over the past 10 years in Raleigh,” McCrory said.
McCrory’s economic plan includes expanding the state’s energy economy, sweeping tax reform, and creating an education system that focuses on curriculum that prepares students for a job.
“I want them to learn the skills necessary and critical thinking necessary to get a job,” McCrory said.
Dalton says the difference between the two plans couldn’t be starker.
“Mine is real. His is political.”
North Carolina has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country at around 9.5 percent.