RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — There will be a joint meeting Thursday morning at the state Capitol to take a look at Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget, but it appears both sides may already be playing politics.
North Carolina Republicans are already blasting the budget, saying it’s not serious.
Cooper is pushing multiple plans to raise pay for state employees and teachers, but state Republicans are questioning exactly how he plans to pay for it.
The governor has long advocated for pay raises, Medicaid expansion, and a bond referendum in an effort to build more schools and he believes he can do so without raising income taxes.
Republicans no longer have a super majority in the legislature to override the governor’s vetoes on their own, however, even Cooper admits he knows he won’t be able to get everything he wants.
Staff members with the governor’s office started meeting with lawmakers at 8:30 a.m.