RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Roy Cooper flexed some political muscle when he vetoed the proposed North Carolina Budget.
It's not a complete surprise the governor used his veto power.
He criticized GOP leaders for not spending more on school safety initiatives and for not going far enough in giving teachers raises.
The veto puts the budget on hold for now, but The General Assembly will likely have the final say.
Because, while the Governor vetoed the budget, Republicans have a super-majority in both the House and Senate.
That means they can override the governor's veto with a veto of their own.
Governor Cooper announced his veto earlier this afternoon with educators by his side.
"This budget, deserves to be vetoed, and I have done that just a few minutes ago," said Governor Cooper.
In the vetoed budget, teachers would get an average raise of 6.5 percent.
The governor wants more.
He wants an eight percent average raise for teachers along with stipends for school supplies, and more money for school safety.
But Republicans want to know where all this money is coming from.
In a joint statement, Representative Tim Moore and Senator Phil Berger say "It's time for Gov. Cooper to dispense with the charade that his budget proposal is anything more than an unserious political document. He needs to either sign the budget that is currently before him or explain who else's taxes he will raise or which 7,020 teachers he will lay off to pay for his own plan's half billion dollar budget hole."
Again, this budget has been vetoed, but if Republicans stick together this will just be a bump in the road because they now have the power to override the governor's veto.