North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law two more bills that mimic portions of the state budget bill he vetoed in June.
The Democratic governor announced Monday that he signed a measure increasing access to grant money for rural broadband projects. The other bill locates money for more prosecutors, judges and judicial staff as more young offenders get funneled to the juvenile system instead of adult court. Cooper signed that bill even while criticizing some position allocations as politically motivated.
Republican lawmakers have run several stand-alone bills containing popular topics from the vetoed budget. Cooper opposes the piecemeal approach but so far has signed all but one "mini-budget." So many have been enacted that GOP legislators may be content to adjourn soon without resolution on the vetoed budget.