Republican leaders have snuck controversial language from the vetoed state budget into a must-pass bill to fund disaster recovery. The bill uses disaster victims as political pawns in an effort to grab more power for the legislature and leave key programs at risk.
Section 5.7 of HB 200 would require any funds received by the state to be appropriated by the legislature. This would put programs for education and the environment at risk, including Volkswagen diesel settlement funds, opioid settlements, and even private gifts to universities and community colleges.
"Republicans should be ashamed for using storm survivors as political pawns in their latest power grab. These families deserve help, and Governor Cooper realizes the critical importance of the disaster funding portion of this bill,"
said Governor's Office spokesperson Megan Thorpe.
The legislature is currently being sued for trying to take the VW settlement funds to use for their own purposes, and this language is an end-run on the courts.
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