Gov. Cooper Officially Vetoes NC Budget; Override Likely

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In his veto message, Cooper cited the budget's income tax cuts and argued it "lacks structural integrity by failing to account for population growth, inflation and looming federal reductions, by using one-time revenue for recurring expenses, and by adopting a tax plan that will cause the state to fail to fund promised teacher salary increases in future years".

State Rep. Garland Pierce said he is standing behind Gov. Roy Cooper's decision to veto the proposed state budget that passed the House in a 77 to 38 vote last week.

"Simply put, this budget short changes our state at a time when it doesn't have to".

Speaking at the state's annual Opioid Misuse and Prevention Summit at N.C. State University, Cooper said he spoke out about the importance of health care in fighting drug addiction with fellow members of President Donald Trump's new Commission To Fight Opioid Abuse.

Cooper returned the measure with his veto stamp Tuesday morning to the Senate, where the measure originated.

Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that "North Carolina's Opioid Action Plan", to combat the opioid epidemic.

"We need a budget that matches the big dreams of our people", Cooper said.

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Republicans hold veto-proof majorities and have overridden each of Cooper's four previous vetoes since he took office in January.

GOP legislative leaders have vowed to override the veto, which they have the votes to accomplish if Republicans remain united. "We will too, by quickly overriding his veto".

Cooper's budget also contained measures to eliminate the pre-K waitlist.

The budget, which gained the support of nine Democrat lawmakers, cuts the personal income tax from 5.499 percent to 5.25 percent in 2019, while also increasing the standard deduction for a married couples filing jointly to $20,000.

"It is literally pie in the sky", he said referring to Cooper's calculations, "and maybe that is what he hopes it is so that he can criticize it, but that's just not the case". Republicans also emphasized expanding bonuses to educators based on a number of factors. A change in the tax break for children starting in 2018 also should benefit low-income families more.

He jabbed Republicans repeatedly along class lines, saying their tax cuts benefit the wealthy and corporations.

If the veto is overridden, Cooper said, "we'll have to work with this budget, take what we can from it and work to fight another battle on another day", he said. The other time happened in 2011, when Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto was overridden by Republicans.

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