When I was first elected in 2012, North Carolina’s economy was in bad shape. We had the third highest unemployment rate in the country, a $3 billion dollar budget deficit, record high taxes and out-of-control regulations that were killing small businesses. That’s why we immediately went to work to get our economy moving again. We enacted job-creating regulatory reform, passed historic tax relief, rolled back government red tape and balanced our state budgets. These reforms have led to an all-time low in unemployment, over 500,000 new jobs created, the elimination of over $5 billion in debt and deficits and more money in the pockets of hardworking families. In fact, North Carolina has now been recognized by Forbes as the best state in the country for business.