PRESS RELEASE North Carolina General Assembly
Senator Harry Brown
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Lorie Byrd
July 5, 2019
Gov. Cooper’s Veto of Budget Threatens to Cancel Raises for State Employees Cooper cites lack of Medicaid expansion, which would provide health care to mostly able-bodied adults, as one of his main reasons for vetoing budget Without legislative override state employees will miss out on their largest raise in over a decade
Raleigh, N.C. – Last week, Gov. Cooper vetoed the state budget passed by the General Assembly because it did not expand Medicaid, but unless the General Assembly is able to override the veto, his decision to prioritize health care for able-bodied adults will cancel the largest pay increase for state employees in more than a decade. The legislative budget prioritizes state agency employee pay raises after years of treating them differently than teachers. Over the last five years, state agency employees have received a 7.6-percentage point pay increase compared to a 20-percentage point increase for teachers. This budget provides most state employees with a 5% salary increase by adding $220 million over the biennium. It is the largest salary increase for state employees in more than a decade. “State employees are some of the hardest working folks that we have in this state, and the budget passed by the General Assembly provides them a much needed and well deserved raise,” said Senator Harry Brown (R-Onslow). “Governor Cooper is playing a political game with the lives of thousands of state employees because he disagrees with us on one policy issue and that’s not right.” The General Assembly’s budget also provides additional raises and supplements to state employees that put their lives on the line every day working in dangerous environments. Prison employees that work in facilities with the highest vacancy rates will receive an annual salary supplement of at least $7,500. State Bureau of Investigation and Alcohol Law Enforcement officers will also receive an additional raise by having their salaries tied to the same salary schedule as highway patrol officers. 
PRESS RELEASE President Pro TemporeSenator Phil Berger
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Senator Berger PressJune 28, 2019
Sen. Berger Statement on Budget Veto
Raleigh, N.C. – Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement regarding Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget:
“I personally handed to the Governor the legislature’s opening positions on the items he described as major priorities. I asked for a counter-offer, and the Governor never provided one. “This is and has always been about Medicaid expansion. The Governor is blocking funds for teacher and state employee raises, the rape kit backlog, the Human Trafficking Commission, and other crucial investments so he can can brag to his far-left base that he vetoed the budget over Medicaid expansion. “I continue to await any counter-offer whatsoever from this Governor.”
PRESS RELEASENorth Carolina General Assembly Senator Ralph Hise
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Susan FanningJune 27, 2019
Supreme Court: Judicial Branch Shouldn’t Decide How Many Rs and Ds Are in the Legislature
Raleigh, N.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that redistricting is a firmly legislative and political matter outside the scope of the courts.
Senator Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), who chairs the Senate Committee on Redistricting and Elections, said, “The N.C. Supreme Court has already ruled on considering politics after other criteria, writing that ‘the General Assembly may consider partisan advantage and incumbency protection in the application of discretionary redistricting decisions.’ Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has reached the same conclusion, all legal cases on this matter should end so we can move on.”
Excerpts from the Supreme Court decision
“What the appellees and dissent seek is an unprecedented expansion of judicial power.”
“Provisions in state statutes and state constitutions can provide standards and guidance for state courts to apply.” NOTE: Like the U.S. Constitution, the N.C. Constitution specifically assigns redistricting to the legislature (Art. II, Sec. III). The N.C. Supreme Court has already ruled on the question of politics in redistricting: “The General Assembly may consider partisan advantage and incumbency protection in the application of discretionary redistricting decisions.” (Stephenson v. Bartlett)
“The expansion of judicial authority would not be into just any area of controversy, but into one of the most intensely partisan aspects of American political life. That intervention would be unlimited in scope and duration—it would recur over and over again around the country with each new round of districting, for state as well as federal representatives.”
“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts. Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties…”
“Aware of electoral districting problems, the Framers chose a characteristic approach, assigning the issue to the state legislatures, expressly checked and balanced by the Federal Congress, with no suggestion that the federal courts had a role to play.’”
“To hold that legislators cannot take their partisan interests into account when drawing district lines would essentially countermand the Framers’ decision to entrust districting to political entities.’”
“Vote dilution in the one-person, one-vote cases refers to the idea that each vote must carry equal weight. That requirement does not extend to political parties; it does not mean that each party must be influential in proportion to the number of its supporters.”
“Federal courts are not equipped to apportion political power as a matter of fairness, nor is there any basis for concluding that they were authorized to do so.”
“Any judicial decision on what is ‘fair’ in this context would be an ‘unmoored determination’ of the sort characteristic of a political question beyond the competence of the federal courts.
PRESS RELEASE Senator Ralph Hise
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Susan FanningApril 18, 2019
Democrats Idea of “Fair” Redistricting is to Create a Majority-Dem Commission
Measure is just another Dem power grab masked by nice-sounding words
Dems bill gives staff of Democratic Chief Justice power to accept or deny all potential members of new “citizens redistricting commission”
Commission would be comprised of majority Democrats 
Raleigh, N.C. – Legislative Democrats and liberal activist organizations today held a press conference promoting their latest attempted power grab. They masked the power grab in nice-sounding words like “fair maps” and “equal representation,” but the details of the proposal show it to be just another effort to give Democrats all power over redistricting.
The bill would establish a new “N.C. Citizens Redistricting Commission” to draw state and Congressional legislative districts. Democrats would have a majority on the commission. The proposal also filters every single potential appointee to the commission through the staff of the Governor Cooper-appointed Democratic Chief Justice, who would have the power to accept or reject applications.
Further, Democratic State Auditor Beth Wood would be responsible for proposing “special masters” to work for the commission. The special master would draw the maps.
Senator Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), who chairs the Senate Redistricting and Elections Committee, said, “Liberal activist group Common Cause is currently leading a ridiculous lawsuit against the General Assembly, pretending their goal is ‘fair maps.’ Their appearance at today’s press conference reveals Common Cause’s true motives: to help Democrats give themselves more power.”
Hise continued, “This phony commission they’re promoting uses the same strategy as their lawsuit: Ask a group stacked with Democrats to draw new maps that give Democrats a majority. If their goal is nonpartisan redistricting, then why create a commission that gives Democrats control over everything?”

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