NC Governor's unveils his big spending plan

In a completely unexpected development, the Democrat Governor of North Carolina wants to raise taxes...er... FEES... and spend more money.

Gov. Roy Cooper released his budget proposal yesterday to much swooning and adoration among the Raleigh Royalty.

He proposes new spending of more than a billion dollars.

From the Carolina Journal:

Gov. Roy Cooper proposed a$25.2 billion General Fund budgetfor 2019-20 that would increase spending by more than $1.3 billion over the current fiscal year. He recommends spending $25.9 billion in the second year of the budget cycle.
“We have to be determined to be bold,” Cooper said at a Wednesday news conference. He said his budget “includes much needed visionary investments in our schools and our communities.”
Unlike his past two budgets, Cooper did not call for cutting taxes.

Cooper and his staff say there are no new taxes, however his Medicaid expansion plan requires "fees" on hospitals. Which are taxes. And those will be passed along to citizens.

He lays out more teacher pay raises, a school construction bond, and the destruction of the state's school choice infrastructure (a key desire of the leftist education lobby). Also:

In addition, Cooper’s budget calls for:
$29 million in new funding for schools to buy more textbooks, digital resources, instructional supplies, and for enhanced digital learning opportunities
$15 million for school safety improvements and training
$40 million to hire school nurses, social workers, counselors, school psychologists, and school resource officers
$9 million to recruit, retain, and support educators by expanding the Teaching Fellows scholarship program, helping teachers become national board certified, expanding the Advanced Teaching Roles pilot, and more
More than $5 million for teacher professional development
$4.7 million for the Regional Support Model to support local school systems

As Brooke Medina at the conservative Civitas Institute lays out, "The overarching narrative in Governor Cooper’s vision for the state seems to be to keep rich people rich and poor people poor, through the vehicles of higher taxes and government spending."

Pete's Prep: Thursday, March 7, 2019

  • Two North Carolina lawmakers have a great idea: "The Small Business Health Care act would provide small businesses a cost-effective health insurance solution for themselves and their employees," by letting them form Association Health Plans and be classified as "one 'large employer' for the purpose of offering health benefits to their members which will include numerous state and federal consumer protections".
  • The John Locke Foundation's John Hood: No, pay hikes for teachers who get graduate degrees is not cost effective, nor does it have any correlation to better student performance.
  • If you have any doubt remaining that the editorial staff at the state's most influential political newspaper is packed with progressives seeking to grow government and raise taxes, just read today's editorial. Our betters at the News & Observer serve up virtually every leftist Twitter talking point masquerading as fact, while relying on the work of a far-left NC Budget & Tax Center alum (without ever identifying him as such).

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