July-Conference Budget, Medicaid Expansion Problems, Farm Bill 
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Conferenced Budget passes NCGA, Governor Vetoed in less than 24 Hours  

The state House of Representatives approved the compromised budget with the Senate by a final vote of 64-49. The budget was vetoed by Governor Cooper the following morning. The budget includes pay raises for state employees and teachers. There is over 32 million dollars of funding for the 94th district. Items range from school construction dollars to economic projects. The veto from Gov. Cooper means  the state will go into CR on July 1st. The state will operate on last year budget amounts. Effects of this include; pay freezes and nonrecurring grants are stopped. This can create chaos for employees and programing across the state. 

Conferenced Budget Overview
Gov. Cooper used Medicaid Expansion as Reason for Veto   
Gov. Cooper stated one of the reasons for his veto of the budget was that it doesn't include Medicaid expansion. Speaker Moore stated that healthcare issues are large and should be worked on in a special session in the fall. Language is in the budget calling for this to happen.
Why are other states so strapped for cash? Medicaid is one reason. Costs are outpacing growth in tax revenue, making it harder for some states to pay for core services. Federal actuaries predict that Medicaid’s annual cost will exceed $1 trillion in 2026. Makes one stop and think about the idea of expanding it here in North Carolina. 
Wall Street Journal-Why Are States So Strapped for Cash? There Are Two Big Reasons
Speaker Moore's Response to Gov. Cooper's Veto
The US News & World Report has a nice article on where to retire in North Carolina. "The affordable cost of living & low housing prices means relocating to NC could help improve your retirement finances...a concentration of highly educated and productive individuals for whom a world-class cultural mecca has come into being."
U.S. News and World Report-The Best Places to Retire in North Carolina
Farm Act moving through the House
The annually farm act is moving through committees in the House. There are some sections of the bill that deal with soil testing disclosure. This is very important for our farmers. There is a continued push from environmental groups to create more regulations on chicken farms. Attached is an article that shows these efforts.
SB 315-North Carolina Farm Act of 2019
WRAL-Know where the nearest poultry farm is? Neither do NC regulators
N.C. House Redistricting Leader Responds to General Assembly Victory at U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court rules partisan redistricting is nonjusticiable, notes Framers deliberately gave redistricting authority to elected state legislators
State House Redistricting Committee Chairman David Lewis (R-Harnett) responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that partisan redistricting issues are nonjusticiable, a decision upholding the North Carolina General Assembly’s constitutional authority to create Congressional districts. 
Rep. Lewis said the landmark decision confirms the people’s elected state representatives – not the courts – are closest to voters and properly, constitutionally empowered to draw legislative districts. 
The Supreme Court won’t overturn NC’s congressional maps. Will lawmakers act?-Bellingham Herald
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