Today, on a Friday afternoon ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, Governor Cooper vetoed SB 116, the “Put North Carolina Back to Work Act.”
Once again, Governor Cooper has vetoed common-sense legislation that passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. SB 116 would have made unemployment benefits non-taxable income and withdrawn our state from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Agreement (FPUC.)
The bill would have also used $250 million in the American Rescue Plan Act money to subsidize child care for qualifying children.
Representative Jason Saine said, “Unfortunately the governor is short-sighted in his veto. We really need to get this economy back to full strength, and providing childcare for those who need it to get back to work is a priority of the house.”