Cooper says he’ll let $30B NC budget become law after final approval from Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. (WRAL) - North Carolina’s $30-billion budget, stuffed with Republican priorities but also containing a long-sought Democratic victory on Medicaid expansion, will become law without Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature, he announced shortly after the GOP-held Senate gave final legislative approval Friday morning.
The budget, delayed by Republican disputes over expanded gambling in the state, comes months after the July 1 start of the fiscal year.
The expansion of Medicaid, a top issue for Cooper since he was first elected governor in 2016, will give health insurance to hundreds of thousands of the state’s working poor. Expansion passed previously in the session, but its implementation was tied to the budget.
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