North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley released the following statement:
"While one moment Governor Cooper proclaimed there is no Medicaid ultimatum, in his next breath he said it 'must be included' in the budget debate. For all his complaining about shortchanging education, Cooper vetoed a larger teacher pay raise last year than he is proposing this year. He is playing political games with education funding at the expense of children and teachers.
"Governor, sign the budget."
- Contact: Jeff Hauser