Gov. Roy Cooper (page 8)

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    Cooper’s claimed compromise

    Gov. Roy Cooper offered a budget counteroffer that would be hard to classify as a compromise. It still includes Medicaid expansion, a $3.5 billion bond (10% less than his original $3.9 billion plan), rejects a franchise tax reduction, and refuses to expand the number of Opportunity Scholarships. The proposal…
    Joseph Coletti, July 9, 2019
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    Costs of Medicaid Expansion

    When a politician starts talking about free things, you know to check your wallet. Medicaid expansion, in all its varieties, is no different. It would add $4.2 billion to state spending in fiscal year 2020-21, a 27 percent increase over Medicaid without expansion, and 7.4 percent more than total state…
    Joseph Coletti, July 8, 2019
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    Pre-recession spending and today’s budget

    We hear a lot about the need to return spending to pre-recession levels. And spending grew a lot just before the recession. The budget grew 8.9% in fiscal year 2006-07 and another 9.0% in fiscal year 2007-08. What doesn’t get mentioned is that the Democratic General Assembly and Democratic Gov.
    Joseph Coletti, July 8, 2019
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    Veto Override Consideration Is Up In The House. Here Are Some Key Considerations.

    The General Assembly returns to Raleigh today. On the House calendar is an override consideration of the Governor’s veto of the 2019-20 $24 billion budget. Because the budget is a House bill, the override vote starts in the House. In addition to all the Republicans voting to override, they…
    Becki Gray, July 8, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on the latest developments surrounding a solar energy facility linked to Gov. Roy Cooper’s family. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges redistricting reform that favors voters.
    Mitch Kokai, July 8, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Gov. Cooper, citing lack of Medicaid expansion, vetoes proposed state spending plan

    Earlier today, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the biennial budget bill, according to Carolina Journal’s Dan Way. Way cites a lack of Medicaid expansion appropriations as Cooper’s main issue with the budget:  “Many are dying because North Carolina has yet to say an important word — Yes,” Cooper…
    Brenee Goforth, June 28, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Governor’s commission makes draft recommendations to meet Leandro mandate

    About two years ago, Gov. Roy Cooper established the Commission on Access to a Sound Basic Education according to Carolina Journal reporter Lindsay Marchello’s  most recent article. Marchello reports that the commission’s name  and mission are derived from a 1997 N.C. Supreme Court opinion which held that, while…
    Brenee Goforth, June 27, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Lawmakers refuse to release budget until governor makes counter offer

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way wrote a story this week on the current status of the N.C. Budget negotiations. According to the story: Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, are refusing to release a state budget prepared by negotiators from both chambers until the Democratic governor…
    Brenee Goforth, June 25, 2019