SUSAN FISHER’S RALEIGH REPORT: 24 Days… and Counting
August 2, 2019
It has been 24 days since Governor Cooper and the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses proposed a compromise budget to Republican leaders in the General Assembly. You can read details of the compromise offer here.
In the past 24 days, there has been no counteroffer from Republican leaders. But that does not mean they have been sitting on their hands, doing nothing.
In the past 24 days, they have:
• Scheduled budget veto override votes to take advantage of Democratic legislators’ illnesses, family medical situations, and absences due to out-of-state government conferences.
• Ignored State House rules to defeat Democratic attempts to schedule a budget veto override vote for a certain date.
• Criticized Medicaid Expansion that closes the health care coverage gap for 500,000 North Carolinians as a “pet project.”
• Wasted tax dollars on legislative sessions with no meaningful votes.
Every day Republican legislative leaders delay the start of negotiations on a compromise budget means more tax dollars wasted on “do-nothing” legislative sessions and more delay in getting a State Budget that invests in public education more, cuts corporate taxes less, and closes the health care coverage gap for North Carolinians.
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Virginia Governor says More Than 300,000 Virginians Now Enrolled in Expanded Medicaid Program
Virginia just expanded Medicaid with a Democratic Governor, Republican State House, and Republican State Senate. They did it through their State Budget bill. 300,000 Virginians now have health care coverage who did not have it just a few months ago. In North Carolina it would be around 500,000. If Virginia can do it, why can’t North Carolina?
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