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Democratic NC Governor:
Mike Easley on the Issues

Mike Easley on Abortion

No stance on record.

Mike Easley on Budget & Economy

  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Protect local milk supplies with Southern Dairy Compact. (Sep 2001)

Mike Easley on Civil Rights

  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

Mike Easley on Corporations

No stance on record.

Mike Easley on Crime

  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)

Mike Easley on Drugs

No stance on record.

Mike Easley on Education

  • Get K-12 up to levels of rest of education system. (Feb 2001)
  • More Pre-K; smaller classes; more teacher pay. (Feb 2001)
  • Use a lottery to fund elementary schools. (Feb 2001)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)

Mike Easley on Energy & Oil

  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)

Mike Easley on Environment

  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)

Mike Easley on Families & Children

  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

Mike Easley on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Mike Easley on Free Trade

  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)

Mike Easley on Government Reform

  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

Mike Easley on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Mike Easley on Health Care

  • Supports Patients’ Bill of Rights with right to sue. (Feb 2001)
  • Prescription drug plan for seniors reduces net costs. (Feb 2001)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)

Mike Easley on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Mike Easley on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)

Mike Easley on Jobs

  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)

Mike Easley on Local Issues

No stance on record.

Mike Easley on Principles & Values

  • Fosters “One North Carolina” of equal opportunity. (Feb 2001)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)

Mike Easley on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

Mike Easley on Tax Reform

  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)

Mike Easley on War & Peace

  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)

Mike Easley on Welfare & Poverty

  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)