: It has been 43 days since Governor Roy Cooper and Democratic leaders shared a balanced budget compromise offer to Republican leaders. Republican leaders still have not sent a counteroffer or engaged in budget negotiations.
Last night, all 120 members of the House were present. The veto override was on the calendar, but Speaker Tim Moore did not bring it to the floor for a vote. Why not? Because he does not have the votes to override.
If Republicans won't bring the budget override to the floor when all 120 members are present, then it's a clear sign they will have to rely on trickery to sneak through an attempted override. Waiting for enough Democrats to take a bathroom break, moving forward when a handful of Democrats have a professional conflict, taking advantage of a member's illness or family hardship? It could be any of these. Republicans should drop the deception tactics and just negotiate a compromise with the Governor and Democratic leaders.
It's been 43 days. Where is the Republican counteroffer?
Governor Cooper's compromise offer can be found HERE
. It would close the health care coverage gap, raise teacher pay, cut taxes for people and guarantee school construction while balancing the budget and saving money in the Rainy Day Fund.
- Contact: Ford Porter