Last week, Tar Heel state lawmakers approved their budget agreement for the next biennium, which starts on July 1, 2017. This week, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the agreement, and the legislature overrode that veto with a 76-43 vote.
When lawmakers put forth their budget, the Times-News called it a dare, quoting Senate leader Phil Berger’s challenge to Gov. Cooper: “[I]f the things you’ve said and campaigned on are more than just empty promises, you will sign this budget.” But the governor’s judgment is that “the two-year spending plan is fiscally irresponsible and fails to provide enough for education and economic development… The more we learn about this budget, the worse it is…this budget lacks vision and unfairly picks winners and losers.”