Raleigh, N.C. — The 438-page state budget landed on Gov. Roy Cooper's desk Thursday afternoon after its final approval by the House. Cooper now has 10 days to sign or veto the proposal, which he has already criticized, or he could let it become law without his signature.
Attorney General Josh Stein also blasted the budget, which he said would force him to lay off half of his legal staff, which could cause the state to lose criminal appeals and civil lawsuits against the state.
Outside the budget, the so-called "brunch bill" was blended with legislation on craft brewers and distilleries into an alcohol omnibus that cleared its first hurdle in the House. Also, a bill that would allow Tesla to expand its direct-to-consumer sales in North Carolina was pulled from a Senate committee a day after it appeared.
Also, Sen. Dan Bishop gleefully engaged in a Twitter war with several news organizations, calling them "jihad media."