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Daily Journal: Governor likely to veto budget

John Hood writes for Carolina Journal:

The GOP-led legislature isn’t going to include Medicaid expansion, explicitly or implicitly, in its budget. Cooper will likely veto. Then the two sides will battle it out, even past the start of the 2019-20 fiscal year on July 1. Because of a previously enacted law, state government won’t shut down without a new budget. Agencies will continue to operate at the spending levels authorized last year.

Taxpayers would be best served if the legislature ultimately prevails. Current fiscal conditions argue for caution. There won’t be much of a revenue surplus this year, if any, and Medicaid expansions in other states have proved costly. In fact, I think the House’s 3.1 percent spending hike is on the high side. But that’s just me, your friendly neighborhood conservative, talking.

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