Gov. Cooper signs state budget, COVID state of emergency to end

(Governor Roy Cooper's Office)
Published: Jul. 11, 2022 at 3:58 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Gov. Roy Cooper signed the state budget act on Monday, the last day it would have automatically become law without his signature.

The nearly $28-billion spending plan gives teachers, state workers, and retirees a wage increase but did not include Medicaid expansion.

“This budget does not include Medicaid Expansion, but the leadership in both the House and Senate now support it and both chambers have passed it. Negotiations are occurring now and we are closer than ever to agreement on Medicaid Expansion, therefore a veto of this budget would be counterproductive,” said the governor.

The spending plan also includes investments in economic development, transportation and school safety.

Cooper also says that budget language will allow North Carolina’s COVID-19 state of emergency to end Aug. 15.

Legislative leaders said they’re pleased Cooper signed the budget, and moving forward they remain committed to expanding Medicaid.

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