By GARY D. ROBERTSON and AMANDA MORRIS Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fight over the North Carolina state budget continues as Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper made a counteroffer to the two-year plan written by Republicans that he’s already vetoed.
But GOP leaders remain unconvinced they’ll fail to locate enough votes to override his veto. House Republicans still were trying on Tuesday to persuade enough Democratic colleagues to go against the governor.
Both the House and Senate would have to vote to override to implement the vetoed budget.
Cooper told reporters earlier Tuesday about his counteroffer. He still wants to expand Medicaid, block a GOP provision to cut corporate franchise taxes and halt the growth of taxpayer-funded scholarships for children to attend private schools.
Senate leader Phil Berger says he won’t negotiate with Cooper unless he stops insisting on Medicaid expansion.