As Gov. Cooper Blocks Bipartisan Budget, N.C. House Approves New Spending Bill

“The people paid for this budget and they need funds now.”

Raleigh, N.C. – The state House of Representatives approved new legislation Wednesday to meet state funding requirements for immediate needs like Medicaid transformation and infrastructure spending as Gov. Roy Cooper continues to obstruct the bipartisan spending plan approved by the North Carolina General Assembly. 

House Bill 111 Supplemental Appropriations Act is a six-page bill to provide immediate state spending for North Carolina communities as Gov. Roy Cooper continues to block billions of dollars in bipartisan budget funding for pay raises, school safety grants, retiree supplements, capital projects for education campuses, and thousands of other financial needs in the state.

The spending bill would be implemented with existing procedures for budget continuation outlined in the State Budget Act, which allows recurring funds to be spent without a continuing resolution by the General Assembly.

H.B. 111 also facilitates immediate funding needs for education enrollment growth, ongoing capital projects, and the General Assembly’s commitment to ‘Raise the Age’ of juvenile jurisdiction.

State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said the new budget bill should be enacted immediately to get funds moving to North Carolinians in need.

“The Governor has never signed a state budget and is blocking billions of dollars in taxpayer money as leverage to expand one federal program that already serves more than 2 million North Carolinians,” Speaker Moore said. 

“The people paid for this budget and they need funds now.”   

“No state’s economy is on more solid ground than the Tar Heel state,” CNBC noted on Wednesday, ranking North Carolina’s economy the third best in the nation after years of tax relief and responsible budgets.