State Budget 2019

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The North Carolina School of Science and Math has been aiming to open a residential campus in western North Carolina for fall of 2021, but it could be delayed by a year due to the state budget stalemate.

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The North Carolina General Assembly is back briefly in Raleigh in early 2020 with Republicans and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper facing the same impasse they had for most of 2019.

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Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his Republican rivals fought to a draw as the North Carolina legislature adjourned its longest annual session in nearly 20 years this month, still with no conventional state budget in place and many favored GOP items blocked.

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, saying the state can do better, on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
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North Carolina's governor has vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, saying the state can do better.

Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference Friday that he vetoed two bills that increase teacher pay and pay for non-instructional staff, saying the raises are "paltry."  He vetoed two other bills that cut corporate taxes.

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The North Carolina General Assembly went home on Thursday for a brief respite from Raleigh, still without the Republicans' original two-year budget bill enacted and an uncertain path forward on Medicaid after nine months of legislating this year.

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A four-month stalemate over the North Carolina state budget may end if Senate Republicans get a little help from Democrats this week to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the bill.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law two more bills that mimic portions of the state budget bill he vetoed in June.

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Three more spending measures gleaned from the vetoed North Carolina state budget bill have cleared the General Assembly and next go to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.

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North Carolina legislators and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper are trying to bring renewed energy toward resolving a three-month budget stalemate to their respective likings.

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Updated at 12:16 p.m.

Republicans dominating a nearly half-empty North Carolina House chamber held an unexpected vote Wednesday and managed to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state's two-year budget.

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Six weeks into a budget stalemate, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday he won't stop trying to cobble together enough votes to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto, even as the governor's fellow Democrats insist the votes to uphold it are solid.

Moore told reporters he'll keep working to persuade the Democrats necessary to approve the legislature's two-year spending plan over Cooper's objections.

"We all have our jobs to do, and I'm going to keep doing mine," he said.

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Billy Richardson has a distinct rasp to his voice. That voice, plus his reddened eyes and ruddy complexion, give the Cumberland County Democrat an air of weariness.

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The state house unanimously passed a spending bill Wednesday, but it wasn't the two-year budget plan vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper late last month.

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Leaders of the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly put off likely defeat for at least one more day. Rather than hold an almost certainly doomed override vote on Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto Monday evening, House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) moved the item to Tuesday's calendar.

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Republicans leading the North Carolina House have delayed a vote to attempt to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the GOP's state budget bill.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won't get to influence a final state budget unless enough fellow Democrats uphold his veto of a spending plan penned by General Assembly Republicans.

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Governor Roy Cooper called a Republican-backed state spending plan a failure on Friday morning, as he stated his intentions to veto the budget, while again calling on legislators to expand Medicaid.

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Updated 9:45 | June 26, 2019

The joint budget plan worked out by Republican legislative leaders is one step closer to going to the governor's desk--and a likely veto.

Both chambers of the GOP-controlled legislature passed the $24 billion spending plan in preliminary votes Wednensday. Final votes are scheduled for Thursday.

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Updated May 31, 2019 | 1:37 p.m.

Negotiations between legislative budget-writers now begin in earnest after the Senate completed voting on its version of a two-year spending plan for North Carolina government.

Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) detailed some of the chamber's state budget plan on Tuesday, May. 28, 2019.
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Updated at 2:38 p.m.

Senate Republicans have released a proposed North Carolina government budget that emphasizes state employee salary increases and puts more in reserves than a similar spending bill from House counterparts.

Gov. Roy Cooper addresses reporters on Thursday, May 10, 2018 regarding his $24.5 billion spending proposal.
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Promoting what he called North Carolina's "chance for a bold future," Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday formally unveiled his budget proposal, which includes expanding Medicaid, raising teacher pay, borrowing for school buildings and helping revive rural communities.