|RALEIGH – Today, Governor Cooper has announced that he will veto the state budget, which would provide tax relief to the middle class, a heft teacher pay raise, and puts $363 million in our rainy day fund.
Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “It is truly a shame that Governor Cooper has once again chosen to put his politics before the people of North Carolina. By doing so, he is denying North Carolinians real tax relief, more school choice options, and the stability of a hefty rainy day fund for state emergencies. If legislators chose to adopt the Cooper budget, it would mean higher spending, higher taxes, and it would also hurt the poor, mostly minority and special needs children who would benefit from the school choice options in the current budget.”
He continued, “Governor Cooper’s grandstanding is not only shameful, it is fruitless. He knows that with bipartisan support, the General Assembly will override his veto and do what he refuses to do- put the people first.”
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Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization that fights to remove barriers to freedom so that all North Carolinians can enjoy a better life.