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Lawmakers Approve Compromise On State Budget; Governor Cooper Expected To Veto

Lawmakers Approve Compromise On State Budget; Governor Cooper Expected To Veto

Legislative leaders unveiled their compromise on a $24 billion state budget Tuesday, reflected in this bill text and money report, and the House and Senate both gave preliminary approval Wednesday, despite concerns Governor Roy Cooper has raised about key priorities he says are missing from the deal. The Governor’s opposition to lawmakers not including Medicaid expansion, a K-12 school bond referendum and what he has referred to as “significant” pay increases for teachers, make it likely the budget will face his veto after it clears its final vote in both chambers later today as expected.