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Republicans begin to override Gov. Cooper's budget veto

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republicans have started overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of state budget adjustments for next year.

The Senate voted 34-13 on Thursday to enact the nearly $24 billion spending plan despite Cooper's veto this week.

The veto still must be considered by the House, where Speaker Tim Moore says his chamber's override vote will occur early next week.

Cooper said Wednesday the budget plan didn't do enough for public education spending and teacher pay compared with his own budget proposal. He also wanted to block corporate and individual income tax cuts set to take effect in January.

Senate Republicans on Thursday said passing Cooper's proposal would have forced the state to cut spending or raise taxes next year.


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