Sampson County Passes Resolution Supporting the Proposed FY 2019–2021 Biennium Budget
Sampson County commissioners highlight over $26 million currently on hold because of Gov. Cooper’s veto
Cooper-blocked budget has critical funding for educational, community safety, and economic development initiatives
Raleigh, N.C. — Sampson County commissioners on Monday night voted unanimously in support of a resolution urging passage of the budget that Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed last June.
The resolution “strongly encourages all members of the General Assembly to act in accordance with the needs of the State and support Sampson County” by enacting the vetoed budget.
Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Sampson) said, “Sampson County represents one of many communities in my district that are still awaiting critical funding and projects that Gov. Cooper has put on hold. I hope this resolution as well as the many others that have passed throughout our state demonstrate the public’s support of the General Assembly’s proposed budget and the local funding within it.”
The state budget that Gov. Cooper vetoed includes:
· $11.9 million to Sampson Schools for school construction and repair and rehabilitation;
· $5.2 million to Sampson Community College for construction and repair and rehabilitation;
· $4.3 million to Clinton City Schools for construction and repair and rehabilitation
· $15,000 to Sampson County History Museum;
· $150,000 to the Town of Salemburg for water infrastructure;
· $1 million to Sampson County for water infrastructure.
Gov. Cooper vetoed the state budget hours after the legislature passed it. In private meetings, he and his staff have repeatedly told legislators that he would not sign any budget, including his own proposal, unless the legislature first passes Medicaid expansion.
In a press conference about his budget veto, Gov. Cooper said, “I don’t want us to be passing the budget and just having the House pass Medicaid expansion because then you’re not going to get Medicaid expansion.”
Gov. Cooper vetoed 3.9% and 4.4% raises for teachers, and he rejected a compromise proposal that included a 4.9% pay raise for teachers plus a $1,000 bonus.