RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper is still firmly within his hostage taking mentality with regards to the state budget and his wish list of Leftist agenda demands. While the N.C. House overrode Cooper’s veto of the budget in spectacular fashion, the N.C. Senate has yet to move on such a strategic vote. So, the now months long standoff regarding the biennial budget continues, with neither party obviously flinching.
Republicans in the House, though, have been moving mini-budgets through the approval process in an effort to hopefully phase in updated department level funding as stand alone bills.
Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate have approved a funding for items with bipartisan support, so naturally the more politically volatile issues are out of play. The biggest such mini-budget discussed this week funds North Carolina’s community colleges. More niche items like Raise the Age implementation, rural broadband grants, and tax credit program extensions also saw action.
The mini-budget work should be expected to continue in the immediate future while opposing forces wait for movement on the big budget front. Eventually, though, the kumbaya spending items will run dry and the attention will again turn to issues made contentious only by Cooper’s politically motivated petulance. Teacher raises, small-business tax cuts, disaster relief, have all been painted as unacceptable by Cooper and the Democrats on Jones Street.
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