NC state Budget
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed on Monday both an energy bill and the legislature's annual regulatory reform measure, while allowing legislation directing more state government oversight of high school athletics to become law.
North Carolina’s elected insurance commissioner will no longer hold a second role as state fire marshal due to a new provision in the state budget that will take effect in January.
The Republican-controlled General Assembly began voting Thursday for a long-delayed North Carolina budget that speeds up individual income tax cuts, broadens private-school scholarships to all K-12 children and initiates other right-leaning changes.
Passing North Carolina's budget will remain the last hurdle for the state to expand Medicaid to potentially cover 600,000 adults who don't qualify or make enough for health insurance now that an effort to link it to authorizing more casinos is off the table.
The prospects of enacting soon an overdue North Carolina budget, permitting more state-sanctioned gambling and implementing Medicaid expansion stayed uncertain Monday as Republicans suggested dividing the topics between two bills. But most Democratic colleagues sound unwilling to provide the necessary votes.
North Carolina's state government coffers should remain flush with cash at the end of the fiscal year after projections made three months ago by state officials were adjusted only slightly downward