Raleigh, N.C. — As negotiations between the House and the Senate over the 2017-18 budget began in earnest with the Senate formally rejecting House changes to its 2017-18 spending plan, Gov. Roy Cooper weighed in and said lawmakers aren't doing enough.
Cooper criticized the $22.9 billion spending cap lawmakers worked from, saying North Carolina's population growth and inflation call for more spending, and the state needs to invest more in education and rural infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the legislative districts the General Assembly drew in 2011, ruling that 19 House and nine Senate districts were racially gerrymandered. The court vacated a lower court order, however, that lawmakers should immediately redraw the maps and hold special elections.