North Carolina budget votes begin, but veto is on horizon

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A state budget agreement drawn up by North Carolina Republicans will now be debated and voted on by legislators before heading to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper for his likely veto.

The House scheduled the first of its two required votes on the proposal for Wednesday.

The Senate will probably begin voting on Thursday.

The measure is the product of Senate and House negotiations and contains little that Cooper demanded in a final plan.

The governor says that’s because GOP legislators aren’t serious about considering his proposals to expand Medicaid and block corporate tax cuts among others.

Republicans argue Cooper never gave them specific counteroffers.

A Cooper veto would be upheld if legislative Democrats remain united.

The new fiscal year begins Monday, but state law doesn’t allow for a government shutdown.

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