by Stephanie Santostasi | Thursday, January 9th 2020
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — In less than a week, lawmakers in North Carolina will reconvene in Raleigh. It’ll be a quick session. Some have said it might only last a day.
A stalemate over the state budget could even come to an end.
Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the budget in late June.
Then, in September, the House overrode that veto, which is where it’s stayed since.
“It’s beyond frustrating. Yeah, we’ve passed a series of mini-budgets, and what’s ironic here is there were Democratic senators that voted for the budget who are now unwilling to vote to override the veto,” said Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson.
“Terribly frustrating because I know it’s hurting a lot of people. Teachers have not gotten their raises but we want them to get real raises,” said Sen. Terry Van Duyn, D-Buncombe.
When the General Assembly returns Tuesday, the Senate’s focus will be on the budget veto.
Van Duyn said the governor really wants to negotiate three things — real raises for teachers, a bond issue for education and a Medicaid expansion.
“If Republicans won’t give at least some degree on those three issues, I think we’re still stalemated, because I don’t see my caucus members, my Democrats in the Senate giving in on their core principles,” Van Duyn said.
Over in the House, there will be a different focus next week.
“On the House side, there will be one bill. It has to do with appropriating $2.5 million for scholarships for the children of war veterans,” McGrady said.
It will be a quick session with high hopes for lawmakers and the people of North Carolina. The session is slated to start at noon Tuesday. It’s a continuation of last year’s long session and not the start to this year’s short session.
The plan is to adjourn this session until the spring, when the short session will begin.
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