Cooper calls for unity after tough year that exposes inequities
Gov. Roy Cooper used his State of the State address to urge Republicans to cooperate with him this year on health care, education and infrastructure needs. Leaders “owe it to the people who elected us — to build a state that is truly more educated, equitable, healthier and prosperous,” Cooper said in a speech to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chamber. He mourned the deaths of more than 12,500 people from the coronavirus in North Carolina and a pandemic that laid bare “the inequities that were already here” in public schools, high-speed internet and health care access.