This NCGA budget cut would make North Carolinians less safe and more vulnerable. THE NCDOJ protects victims of Domestic Violence, Seniors from scams and consumers from fraud. This will hurt our citizens.
This legislative session, I've been fighting for three major priorities - access to affordable childcare, combating the opioid epidemic, and expanding rural bro...adband. The budget we passed today fails on all fronts.
The budget leaves 1,000 kids on the pre-k waiting list and eliminates the child and dependent care tax credit, making child care more expensive for hardworking families.
The budget makes a 40% cut to the Department of Justice. The opioid crisis is devastating our state and has hit Buncombe County hard. A cut of $10 million to the DOJ in the face of this growing epidemic is shameful. Governor Cooper proposed a plan to support law enforcement and create new treatment options to rein in the growth of the addiction crisis, but that doesn’t seem to be a priority in this budget.
The budget doesn’t invest in rural broadband. In 2017, there is no excuse for residents of the Hominies, Leicester and Sandy Mush not to have access to the internet. We have to make it a priority to extend internet service to the rural communities of our state and the measly $250,000 allocated in this budget just isn’t going to get the job done.
And that’s not all - the budget diverts $100,000,000 from public schools to fund vouchers. It slashes $3,000,000 from the Department of Environmental Quality. And it cuts $4,000,000 from economic development grants that could be used to create new jobs in places like Candler.
North Carolina needs to be making more investments in substance abuse prevention and treatment. We need to provide DEQ with resources to protect our mountains and rivers. And we need to be sure we are investing in a 21st century infrastructure.
North Carolina could be headed toward a brighter future with stronger public schools, a cleaner environment, and a growing economy, but this budget doesn’t make the investments that Buncombe County or North Carolina needs. It shortchanges every North Carolinian, and that’s why I voted against it.
Get it right NCGA! Thank you again Roy Cooper!
Sending deep sympathies to the first family of North Carolina. We understand the heartache that they all are experiencing. This is a sweet tribute to a loyal and fun loving companion.
We lost our 16-year-old rescue sheltie named Chloe last night. Those of you who have had dogs who are part of the family know what it's like. Sixteen years is a... long dog life and she took full advantage of it. She was smart, playful, mischievous and loved her food. Our family once ordered two deep dish pizzas and left them on the table while we ran a brief errand. When we came back, we had only one left along with a smiling Chloe with pizza sauce on her nose. At age 14, she tumbled down the stairs and the resulting back and neck injuries paralyzed her. She could not walk for weeks and could barely lift her head. The emergency vet did not give her much hope, and we considered putting her down. But there was something in her eyes when she looked at me that said, "I can do this." And she hadn't stopped eating. To the amazement of all of us, she got better every day and recovered. She had a will to live. She walked with a limp, but she still played and wagged her tail and told me with her eyes and nuzzle at the end of hard days that everything was ok and that she didn't care if I happened to screw up. As I entered into the last hard year of the campaign for Governor in 2016, I told Chloe that even though she was old and not at the top of her game, she needed to live at least through Election Day. I told her she needed to do that for me. She heard me and did her job. And she decided to live on to see the inauguration and spend time in that big Executive Mansion where the food was pretty good. She finally ran out of gas this week. All the Coopers and the rest of the pets love her and will miss her. Especially me. Good girl, Chloe. -RC.
Our state needs to focus on strengthening our rural communities, supporting public education and rebuilding our national reputation.
It is time to invest in our rural communities. Governor Roy Cooper budget does that. The NC senate budget does not.
Natural disaster and devastation to NC citizens appear not to matter to President Trump? This is a disgrace and the NCGA needs to be up in arms fighting for its people. Thank God Governor Roy Cooper is!
This is a sound budget proposal that would support of public school teachers and doesn't raise taxes.
Grateful for a Governor who is concerned about quality of life for its residents. Thank you Roy Cooper
NC fares the worst in the proposed reduction of health care subsidies. 7 of 20 highest impacted areas in Trumpcare are in NC.
NCGA would do well to listen to Coach Williams and the citizens of North Carolina
North Carolina Democrats are fortunate to have another hard working leader in Wayne Goodwin. This North Carolinian loves our home state and its people and his dedication and energy are contagious. 2018 we will fight for votes in every county!
There is no sense in causing this type of chaos for our public schools. This bill needs to be addressed and immediately.
Thrilled to have First Lady Kristin Bernhardt Cooper visiting Buncombe County. Even more thrilled at her commitment to helping North Carolina children be healthy and able to learn.