Cooper: Reaching education goals wouldn’t mean higher taxes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says his public education proposal — including getting school teacher pay to at least the national average — wouldn’t require raising taxes.

The Democratic nominee for governor has been critical of corporate and individual income tax cuts approved by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP-led legislature as public schools are still falling short with updated textbooks and equipment.

But Cooper told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday he wouldn’t seek to restore these taxes to the previous higher rates. He says his education goals can be reached, including tuition-free community college, with current funds as long as education is given a priority.

Cooper also defended his relations with law enforcement after McCrory received key endorsements from rank-and-file police officers and state troopers.

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