Gov. Cooper Calls Republican Budget Irresponsible

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says the budget agreement reached by Republicans at the General Assembly is fiscally irresponsible. Cooper cold be poised to veto it unless GOP lawmakers turn against the two-year spending plan that their colleagues wrote.

Cooper held a news conference Tuesday to criticize the measure, which will get its first votes later in the day. He says the final plan failed to do better on public school teacher pay even though House and Senate lawmakers agreed to spend $130 million more than their competing plans called for after final negotiations.

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Cooper also criticized tax cuts in the final proposal because they benefited highest wage-earners and corporations. Those tax changes wouldn't take effect until 2019 but also benefit low- and middle-income tax filers.

When asked if he would veto the final budget, he first urged Republicans to vote against it but said "this budget is wrong for North Carolina."

© 2017 Associated Press


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