Cooper pitches budget fixes GOP unlikely to back

Joanna Estrada
June 26, 2017

Don't expect any compromise reached between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislators that alters some major provisions in the state budget now that Cooper says he'll veto it.

Roy Cooper says he will veto the state budget put on his desk by Republican lawmakers. "Children who lost parents in wartime serving our nation can never be repaid, but Cooper should help those children get a good education, rather than vetoing their opportunities".

Republican leadership argued that their budget does align with many of Cooper's priorities, including lines for a 9.6 percent average teacher raise, $10 million for opioid treatment centers, and $700 million more for North Carolina classrooms. They say Cooper will be held accountable for failing to accept a budget that includes many ideas he promoted. His proposed education changes would include improving new and veteran teacher pay and phasing out what critics label private-school "vouchers". "[This budget] is not the direction I envision for our state". Cooper said the raises do not go far enough and he said the budget prioritizes tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations. The budget includes reducing the personal income tax rate from nearly 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent. "We will too, by quickly overriding his veto", Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore said in a joint statement. His office and fellow Democrats also have complained that the most veteran teachers would get only a $300 raise and $385 annual bonuses. "It lacks the vision our state needs at this pivotal moment of growth and change".

"If they do push the budget through, we'll be taking our case to the people", he said.

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