RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – North Carolina General Assembly Republicans have overridden Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget for the second year in a row.
The House voted 73-44 Tuesday morning to override Cooper’s veto of the nearly $24 billion plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.
The Senate already completed its part of the override last week, the day after Cooper issued his veto.
Republicans margins in both chambers are wide enough that they can override and veto if they remain united.
Cooper complained the GOP budget didn’t do enough for public education, teacher pay and the environment. Republicans countered that Cooper wanted to spend too much in his own proposal
The bill adjusts the second year of the two-year budget and largely takes effect July 1.
This is the 11th override of Cooper’s 14 vetoes since he took office in early 2017.
Democrat Rep. Duane Hall joined Republicans on Tuesday to override the veto as well.
Soon after the vote by the N.C. House, Cooper;s office released about the issue:
“The broken Republican legislature has protected special interests and income tax breaks for corporations and families making over $200,000 a year instead of investing in education and the middle class.
Legislative leaders rammed this budget through with no public input or the opportunity for amendment and North Carolina families should hold their representatives accountable,” Cooper’s statement said.