RALEIGH, N.C. — Earlier this week, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the Republican crafted budget delivered to his desk last week. Although Civitas has loudly objected to this session’s budget process, it is clear that the budget Governor Cooper vetoed is far more fiscally responsible than the spending plan he presented.
“Cooper’s budget proposal would have spent half a billion more taxpayer dollars than the one he rejected, and raised taxes on working North Carolinians by more than $100 million. Indeed, Cooper’s proposal would have increased spending by 6.6 percent over the current year, which would have been the largest year-over-year increase in ten years,” said Civitas Executive Vice President Brian Balfour.
Balfour continued, “Cooper’s desire to irresponsibly ratchet up recurring spending obligations would take us back to the days of structural deficits which need to be balanced on the backs of taxpayers.”