Democrats upset over GOP moves for 2018 state budget plan

Democrats upset over GOP moves for 2018 state budget plan
The North Carolina legislature is entering what's expected to be the final week of this year's session ready to act on proposed constitutional amendments and any more vetoes by Gov. Roy Cooper. (Source: WECT)

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Democrats in the General Assembly are upset over GOP leaders putting the 2018 budget proposal inside a conference report, cutting out any opportunity the opposing party members would have to offer amendments to the spending plan.

"The North Carolina GOP super-majority is invoking an unprecedented move to cut every democrat out of the budget process," Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) said in a video post on her Facebook page Tuesday morning.

"There should be deliberation and debate from everyone on something as important as the state's budget," Rep. Robert Reives (D-Lee) wrote on his Twitter page.

The conference report is on the calendar for several Senate committees Tuesday, including the Joint Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Pensions and Retirement. GOP legislative leaders Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) released details of the budget plan Monday night.

"So the budget process is completely subverted," Butler said in her video. "We're going to have to take an up or down vote on it. No chance to put forth amendments. No opportunity to participate at all. It's unprecedented. It is a sad day in North Carolina politics.

Click here to see the text of the 2018 budget proposal.

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