Coop-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Gov. Roy Cooper

PolitiFact North Carolina has compiled promises that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper made during the 2016 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Coop-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Pay teachers based on education level

The Promise:

"I will value teachers by a teacher pay policy that rewards experience and education that leads to improved student outcomes."


Update July 3rd, 2017: Another year goes by without NC teachers getting paid for having advanced degrees like they used to

Apprenticeship programs for high school students

The Promise:

"I will increase the number of apprenticeship programs in high-need industry areas, like construction trades and advanced manufacturing."


Update July 3rd, 2017: North Carolina's 2017 budget creates new apprenticeship programs

Restore film tax credits

The Promise:

"Five things we can do to give our economy a boost (include) fight to restore the film tax credit."


Update June 29th, 2017: NC film tax credits: Still unpopular with GOP, still not in the state budget

Bring teacher pay to the national average

The Promise:

"As governor, I will value teachers by working in a bipartisan manner to strive to raise teacher pay to at least the national average."


Update June 29th, 2017: NC teacher pay: Raises are much higher than the national average, but salaries still below-average

Restore the child care tax credit

The Promise:

"I will use a portion of any future gains in state revenue to reinstate the childcare tax credit for working families."


Update June 28th, 2017: NC legislators shoot down Cooper's $52 million plan for child care income tax credits

Bring back jobs lost by HB2

The Promise:

"As governor, I will work to bring back those jobs lost because of HB2."


Update June 5th, 2017: Cooper makes progress on jobs withheld during HB2 boycotts – but at a cost

Expand high-speed internet access

The Promise:

"We must ensure everyone in North Carolina has access to affordable, high-speed broadband Internet service. ... As Governor, I will work to (expand access)."


Update June 5th, 2017: NC internet access: BRIGHT Futures Act is a possible bright spot for Roy Cooper promise

Restore the child care tax credit

The Promise:

"I will use a portion of any future gains in state revenue to reinstate the childcare tax credit for working families."


Update April 7th, 2017: Cooper's plan would save taxpayers more than $50 million a year, he says

Improve child-care quality

The Promise:

"I will encourage greater partnerships within our education system to help more childcare facilities enhance programming and staffing to boost the number of 4-star and even 5-star facilities available to families. At the same time, I will ensure that the state continues to increase early childhood licensing standards so that we are always striving to create the highest quality early childcare programs possible."


Update April 7th, 2017: A federal grant could fund child care improvements, Cooper says

Fully repeal HB2

The Promise:

"I will work to repeal HB2 and restore the worker protections that were taken away by Governor McCrory."


Update April 5th, 2017: HB2 is gone, but some controversial parts of it still live on

Expand Pre-K

The Promise:

"I will work to increase funding for Smart Start and NC Pre-K, with a sustainable plan that gives priority to serving more at-risk children."


Update April 3rd, 2017: Cooper proposes millions in additional spending for Pre-K and NC Smart Start

Tuition-free community college

The Promise:

"I will put together a team of education partners and budgetary advisors to design a proposal for North Carolina to offer free tuition for community college."


Update March 14th, 2017: Cooper outlines tuition-free community college plan

Restore film tax credits

The Promise:

"Five things we can do to give our economy a boost (include) fight to restore the film tax credit."


Update March 1st, 2017: Cooper's budget contains film grant funding

Fully repeal HB2

The Promise:

"I will work to repeal HB2 and restore the worker protections that were taken away by Governor McCrory."


Update February 14th, 2017: Cooper announces his own proposed legislation to repeal HB2