Senator McKissick speaks on the importance of bipartisan cooperation at a luncheon hosted by the NC Free Enterprise Foundation
Today, I had the privilege of speaking at a luncheon held by the NC Free Enterprise Foundation to share my thoughts and perspectives on the future direction of our state and of the NC General Assembly as we move towards a new year. The other speakers for this event were Governor Roy Cooper, Speaker of the House Tim Moore, Phil Berger, the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, as well as Rep. Darren Jackson, Minority Leader in the NC House. Among the issues I addressed was the need for us to collaboratively develop policies, pass legislation, and to make appropriations which would invest in our state’s educational infrastructure as well as our physical infrastructure.
Most importantly, we must work in a bipartisan and cooperative manner for the good of our state, regardless of whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or Independents. We must also chart a course for our state which addresses the urban-rural divide which has emerged between our state’s most prosperous areas, and those areas which have become economically challenged. Furthermore, we must ensure that broadband connectivity is expanded to every community in our state if we want these communities to grow, thrive, prosper, and to attract new jobs and development. In addition, it is past time for NC to expand Medicaid to provide desperately needed medical services to those who do not have them today. Currently, over 37 states have approved Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and NC is now an outlier in its failure to do so. Hopefully, in the year ahead, now that the Republicans no longer hold a veto-proof majority in the General Assembly, there will be a greater willingness to work together to face these challenges.