Republicans counter that the plan increases education spending by $700 million and gives personal income tax breaks to almost everyone, including low- and middle-class people.
Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday that if the state's US senators, Republicans Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, want to help North Carolina deal with the opioid crisis, they would help stop the health care legislation now before Congress. "It lacks the vision that our state demands at this pivotal time of growth and change".
Cooper's budget increased spending on education by $755 million next year.
Rep. Greg Murphy, R-Pitt, said he's disappointed by Cooper's action but believes the House and the Senate have the votes to override the veto because some Democrats voted for the budget.
North Carolina Republicans have taken the first step to cancel Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget.
"The legislative budget includes no money to help teachers buy school supplies, nothing for schools to hire additional support personnel, and drains millions of dollars from public education to pay for private school vouchers with no accountability", said a press release from the governor's office.
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That's about $100B more than the plan needed to drop the federal deficit in order for it to move forward. Meanwhile, President Trump invited all GOP senators to the White House for a meeting Tuesday afternoon.
"Rather than matching the dreams and aspirations of our people this budget is short sided and small minded". They say Cooper will be held accountable for failing to accept a budget that includes many ideas he promoted. The Republican-dominated Legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto in 2011.
Cooper's budget also contained measures to eliminate the pre-K waitlist.
The Republican plan also raises teacher pay by an average of 9.6 percent over two years. Republicans are likely to override the veto because of substantial House and Senate majorities.
Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue of Raleigh said senators shouldn't act so quickly to override and should negotiate with Cooper instead. Only a similar House vote stands in the way of the budget becoming law. Republicans also emphasized expanding bonuses to educators based on a number of factors. It would also lower the corporate income tax rate to 2.5 percent from 3 percent.
The legislative budget leaves over 31,000 students on the waitlist for the upcoming school year, the state's highest total in the last 10 years, Pierce said.
The veto announcement could set the stage for the General Assembly to adjourn its annual work session by this weekend. "It prioritizes tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, and falls short on education and the economy", said Cooper.