N.C. Gov. Cooper to veto $23B state budget, NCGA will override



RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference Monday morning that he will veto the $23 billion state budget that was passed by the General Assembly.

“We need a budget that matches the big dreams of our people,” Cooper said. “[This budget] is not the direction I envision for our state.”

Cooper said he needs to see certain changes to the budget, such as more education funding and revisions to tax policy, before he will sign it.

Cooper said Monday he would consider signing the two-year budget in another form if GOP lawmakers delete a corporate income tax cut and limit the personal income tax cut to those making less than $150,000. His proposed education changes would include improving new and veteran teacher pay and phasing out what critics label private-school “vouchers.”

Those changes would block major multi-year GOP policy initiatives.

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger said in a news release their chambers will quickly override the budget veto. They say Cooper will be held accountable for failing to accept a budget that includes many ideas he promoted.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — Debate and votes will be plentiful all week at the North Carolina General Assembly as Republican legislators aim to adjourn their annual work session before the July 4 holiday.

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The House planned to return early to Raleigh on Monday to hold afternoon committees. The Senate also scheduled an afternoon floor session to consider close to 40 bills.

The General Assembly’s adjournment could depend on how quickly Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper decides whether to veto the $23 billion state budget approved by legislators last week. Cooper scheduled a news conference late Monday morning to discuss the budget.

The budget includes raises for teachers and state employees, as well as lowering the personal and corporate tax rate. Cooper said the raises do not go far enough and he said the budget prioritizes tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

The governor also blasted the budget as fiscally irresponsible. Republicans are likely to override that veto.

One House committee is expected Monday to consider a statewide redrawing of electoral districts for trial court judges and district attorneys.

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