Cooper calls budget deal 'irresponsible'

Posted June 20

— Gov. Roy Cooper says he'll urge lawmakers of both parties to vote against the final budget compromise unveiled late Monday night. But he stopped short of promising to veto it.

In a hastily called news conference Tuesday, Cooper pronounced the measure "the most fiscally irresponsible budget I've ever seen."

The governor pointed out that, although the compromise spends $130 million more than either the House or the Senate plans, it actually spends less on teacher pay than either one originally did.

He also noted that it contains no additional funding for classroom supplies, leaves thousands on the waiting list for pre-kindergarten and doesn't include any investment in broadband infrastructure, adding that lawmakers "spent $130 million on a lot of projects in a lot of people's districts."

Cooper warned that the corporate and individual tax rate cuts included in the plan "will blow a major hole in our budget just a few years down the road, handcuffing our ability to invest in education and the economy."

"This budget prioritizes tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations and shortchanges education and economic development," he said. "That is a demonstration of priorities that are out of line."

Asked if he would veto it, Cooper hesitated.

"If this budget does pass," he replied, "I'll let you know as soon as it hits my desk. But as you can see right now, I think this budget is wrong for North Carolina."


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  • Teddy Fowler Jun 21, 8:12 a.m.
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    Is that really true. In almost all businesses, the employees is the largest expense that a company has. With all the salaries, benefits, etc... many many people benefit from a good job. And the total cost to a company can be in the many many many millions of dollars.

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 20, 9:53 p.m.
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    #bankrupt #california #newyork #illinois #conecticut cut spending stop raising taxes live within your means

  • Michael Bawden Jun 20, 5:25 p.m.
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    Start a business! Then you can show other business owners how it is done!

  • Catherine Edwards Jun 20, 5:12 p.m.
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    "Some would think the employee is the main beneficiary of a good job provided by business."

    The business makes more money than the employee, so I feel they benefit more and should pay for that benefit.

  • Thomas Morris Jun 20, 4:45 p.m.
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    For all of you US citizens that believe other Americans are "freeloaders" who don't deserve your money, or work in some capacity for government so they can "steal" your money for their sustenance, or best yet, are parasites who will kill the host because they are takers who don't know limits (side note: remember who the "givers" in the sub-prime lending crisis were...they gladly became the "takers" when the government bailed out many of their companies): why don't you move to some other country where there are no "parasites, takers, governmental usurpers, etc. etc."? There has to be some place you can go to get away from those types! But you won't go...because you know living in the US is to your benefit more so than any other country in the world. And you want all that benefit without any of the burden that goes with living in the great society that is the United States. Reminds me of the gulls in Finding Nemo...."Mine! Mine! Mine!"

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 20, 4:41 p.m.
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    well said Wayne Hill. Cooper in a long line of tax and spend liberals that need to be harnessed as they have never disliked a tax or spending more of your hard earned money

  • Teddy Fowler Jun 20, 4:36 p.m.
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    Some would think the employee is the main beneficiary of a good job provided by business.

  • Catherine Edwards Jun 20, 3:50 p.m.
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    If we educate people well in NC then we wouldn't need people from other states and countries that do educate well coming here for our high skill, high paying jobs.

    Someone who is well-educated is less likely to depend upon the government in their adult lives. Unless they need a small business loan or something like that.

    Personally, I think businesses should pay taxes to help ensure a well-educated workforce. They are the main beneficiary of that well-educated workforce.

  • John Barbara Jun 20, 3:19 p.m.
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    ...if by "the screw" you mean they don't get the power to rob those of us in the private/voluntary sector without limits, then yes, they did get "the screw". That means those of us in the productive/private/voluntary sector were successful in an exercise in theft avoidance.

  • John Barbara Jun 20, 3:17 p.m.
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    There is an old bit of wisdom Roy Cooper must wage war against:

    Givers have to set limits because takers never do.

    The parasites will kill the host if given the chance. Whether they are corporations getting sweetheart deals that cheat the taxpayers, people on the government payroll, or persons surviving on government handouts - none of them tolerate limits on their demands for other people's money. They must devolve to name calling and screaming as Billy Idol once screamed, for more, more, more.

    It's so easy to spend other people's money until you wake up one day and you're Puerto Rico or Illinois.