June 23, 2017
This week the North Carolina General Assembly approved the conference report for Senate Bill 257 (“Appropriations Act of 2017”) to fund the $23 billion state budget.
Governor Roy Cooper criticized the budget compromise and is likely to veto the legislation. The votes in the House (77-40) and Senate (38-11) point to the strong likelihood of a veto over-ride. Four Democrats in the Senate and five from the House supported the budget largely because of local projects in their districts.
Here is the full 366-page document:
Here is the committee report detailing the spending items:
Democratic leaders complained about “pork barrel” spending and not enough investments in education. Republicans leaders touted $363 million more for the state’s rainy-day fund, $100 million in additional funds for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts, and $125 million for government building repairs. Highlights of the GOP budget also include:
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