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Thanks to a decade of wise, conservative fiscal policy, North Carolina state government is better positioned financially to weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus shutdown.
Thanks to a decade of wise, conservative fiscal policy, North Carolina state government is better positioned financially to weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus shutdown.
 
A recession is coming, if it’s not already here, the state budget director at the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management told lawmakers in a meeting of the House Select Committee on COVID-19.
A recession is coming, if it’s not already here, the state budget director at the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management told lawmakers in a meeting of the House Select Committee on COVID-19.
 
On Tuesday, March 10, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the state of North Carolina.
On Tuesday, March 10, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the state of North Carolina.
 
Contrary to what many on Jones street – or breathless capital news reporters – would have you believe, there really is very little difference between Gov. Cooper’s FY 2019-20 budget proposal and the “unofficial” spending plan currently being executed.
Contrary to what many on Jones street – or breathless capital news reporters – would have you believe, there really is very little difference between Gov. Cooper’s FY 2019-20 budget proposal and the “unofficial” spending plan currently being executed.
 
At their January meeting The UNC Board of Governors lamented problems resulting from not having a state budget.
At their January meeting The UNC Board of Governors lamented problems resulting from not having a state budget.
 
Few people outside the bubble of N.C. state government seem to be paying much attention to the lingering impasse over a vetoed state budget.
Few people outside the bubble of N.C. state government seem to be paying much attention to the lingering impasse over a vetoed state budget.
 
Don’t despair North Carolina, despite continuing cries the state is without a budget — even after months of consternation, frustration, accusations, political wrangling, and dead–end negotiations.
Don’t despair North Carolina, despite continuing cries the state is without a budget — even after months of consternation, frustration, accusations, political wrangling, and dead–end negotiations.
 
The General Assembly is going home without raising teacher pay and without passing a full budget.
 
The General Assembly met yesterday for a one-day session on the state budget.
The General Assembly met yesterday for a one-day session on the state budget.
 
Education is already a huge issue in North Carolina and Gov. Roy Cooper and Democrats are intent on making it even bigger. Cooper and his party are gambling that the state budget impasse will keep the issue squarely on the front page of North Carolina policy and politics.
Education is already a huge issue in North Carolina and Gov. Roy Cooper and Democrats are intent on making it even bigger. Cooper and his party are gambling that the state budget impasse will keep the issue squarely on the front page of North Carolina policy and politics.
 
An overhaul of North Carolina’s Medicaid system, approved years ago and weeks into enrollment, is being postponed indefinitely because funding for it was vetoed by Gov. Cooper.
An overhaul of North Carolina’s Medicaid system, approved years ago and weeks into enrollment, is being postponed indefinitely because funding for it was vetoed by Gov. Cooper.
 
After 1,717 bills, nine vetoes and 186 new laws with the prospect of even more over the next few days, the legislature finally adjourned and ended one of the longest legislative sessions in recent history.
After 1,717 bills, nine vetoes and 186 new laws with the prospect of even more over the next few days, the legislature finally adjourned and ended one of the longest legislative sessions in recent history.
 
Republican leaders have snuck controversial language from the vetoed state budget into a must-pass bill to fund disaster recovery.
Republican leaders have snuck controversial language from the vetoed state budget into a must-pass bill to fund disaster recovery.
 
In response to the false narrative that has been printed and aired in many venues, I’d like to present the truth, the facts that are without dispute regarding the vote to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of the state budget.
In response to the false narrative that has been printed and aired in many venues, I’d like to present the truth, the facts that are without dispute regarding the vote to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of the state budget.
 
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced earlier in October that the Senate would close out the long session by the end of the month.
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) announced earlier in October that the Senate would close out the long session by the end of the month.
 
The General Assembly may finally end the months-long budget stalemate and override the governor’s veto of the budget.
The General Assembly may finally end the months-long budget stalemate and override the governor’s veto of the budget.
 
On Wednesday, Governor Cooper announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) had granted the Governor’s request for a disaster declaration for Carteret, Dare, Hyde and New Hanover and 10 other counties.
On Wednesday, Governor Cooper announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) had granted the Governor’s request for a disaster declaration for Carteret, Dare, Hyde and New Hanover and 10 other counties.
 
It’s been 100 days since Governor Roy Cooper and Democrats offered Republicans a balanced budget compromise.
It’s been 100 days since Governor Roy Cooper and Democrats offered Republicans a balanced budget compromise.
 
Governor Roy Cooper was in Asheville yesterday meeting with teachers to talk about the need for a significant teacher pay raise.
Governor Roy Cooper was in Asheville yesterday meeting with teachers to talk about the need for a significant teacher pay raise.
 
The fate of the budget veto override lies in the Senate, but don’t expect a vote any time soon.
The fate of the budget veto override lies in the Senate, but don’t expect a vote any time soon.
 
Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, denied claims from Democrats and some media outlets that he helped carry out a plan to mislead House Democrats into not showing up to an early morning session so House Republicans could more easily pass a veto override of the budget.
Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, denied claims from Democrats and some media outlets that he helped carry out a plan to mislead House Democrats into not showing up to an early morning session so House Republicans could more easily pass a veto override of the budget.
 
While a majority of the Democratic caucus was absent, Speaker of the House Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 11 called for a vote to override the governor’s budget veto.
While a majority of the Democratic caucus was absent, Speaker of the House Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 11 called for a vote to override the governor’s budget veto.
 
It’s been five years in the making, and it’s almost free from the budget stalemate.
 
The N.C. House on Wednesday, Aug. 28, unanimously passed pay raises for state employees.
The N.C. House on Wednesday, Aug. 28, unanimously passed pay raises for state employees.
 
Today marks 53 days since Governor Cooper and Democratic leaders presented a detailed budget compromise.
Today marks 53 days since Governor Cooper and Democratic leaders presented a detailed budget compromise.
 
While the budget stalemate continues, lawmakers are working to pass pieces of the General Fund budget bill with measures that include pay raises for some state employees.
While the budget stalemate continues, lawmakers are working to pass pieces of the General Fund budget bill with measures that include pay raises for some state employees.
 
It has been 52 days since Governor Roy Cooper sent Republican leaders a balanced budget compromise offer that included an 8.5% teacher pay raise that would keep North Carolina competitive in teacher salaries.
It has been 52 days since Governor Roy Cooper sent Republican leaders a balanced budget compromise offer that included an 8.5% teacher pay raise that would keep North Carolina competitive in teacher salaries.
 
Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper insists Medicaid expansion be included in the General Fund budget, and the Republican-dominated General Assembly unequivocally refuses.
Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper insists Medicaid expansion be included in the General Fund budget, and the Republican-dominated General Assembly unequivocally refuses.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper insists that Medicaid expansion be part of North Carolina’s budget deal for 2019-20. Republican leaders of the legislature disagree.
Gov. Roy Cooper insists that Medicaid expansion be part of North Carolina’s budget deal for 2019-20. Republican leaders of the legislature disagree.
 
North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley released the following statement:
North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley released the following statement:
 
It’s been 51 days since Governor Cooper presented a balanced compromise budget offer.
It’s been 51 days since Governor Cooper presented a balanced compromise budget offer.
 
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis was flanked by N.C. House Speaker Moore, N.C. Senator Berger, and other eastern North Carolina Republican leaders as they highlighted the unacceptable pace at which Governor Cooper has allocated disaster relief for North Carolinians
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis was flanked by N.C. House Speaker Moore, N.C. Senator Berger, and other eastern North Carolina Republican leaders as they highlighted the unacceptable pace at which Governor Cooper has allocated disaster relief for North Carolinians
 
It’s been 49 days since Governor Roy Cooper shared a balanced budget compromise offer to Republican legislators.
It’s been 49 days since Governor Roy Cooper shared a balanced budget compromise offer to Republican legislators.
 
Today, Jamey Falkenbury, Director of Communications, released the following statement in response to Governor Cooper vetoing SB 438, the "Excellent Public Schools Act"
Today, Jamey Falkenbury, Director of Communications, released the following statement in response to Governor Cooper vetoing SB 438, the "Excellent Public Schools Act"
 
Today should be like any other day as children and teachers return to school: reunite with friends, new classes and new challenges, and another teacher pay raise.
Today should be like any other day as children and teachers return to school: reunite with friends, new classes and new challenges, and another teacher pay raise.
 
Try as they might, the General Assembly has had a hard time garnering the needed votes from the Democratic caucus to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto.
Try as they might, the General Assembly has had a hard time garnering the needed votes from the Democratic caucus to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto.
 
It’s been 45 days since Governor Cooper and Democratic leaders proposed a detailed budget compromise, but instead of negotiating, House Republicans are preparing to stonewall until Christmas.
It’s been 45 days since Governor Cooper and Democratic leaders proposed a detailed budget compromise, but instead of negotiating, House Republicans are preparing to stonewall until Christmas.
 
It’s been 44 days since Governor Roy Cooper and Democratic leaders presented a balanced compromise budget offer that included a robust teacher pay raise.
It’s been 44 days since Governor Roy Cooper and Democratic leaders presented a balanced compromise budget offer that included a robust teacher pay raise.
 
Governor Prioritizes Invite-Only Photo-Ops Instead Of Working With Education-Focused Legislative Leaders
Governor Prioritizes Invite-Only Photo-Ops Instead Of Working With Education-Focused Legislative Leaders
 
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.
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.
 
Many North Carolina teachers head back to school this week to prepare for the first day of class. Unfortunately, these hardworking teachers have not received a state pay raise this year because Republican stalling is holding up budget negotiations.
Many North Carolina teachers head back to school this week to prepare for the first day of class. Unfortunately, these hardworking teachers have not received a state pay raise this year because Republican stalling is holding up budget negotiations.
 
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