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Farmers, schools suffer because of budget standoff, Edwards says

The budget standoff between Gov. Roy Cooper and the General Assembly is delaying money for everything from state employee pay raises to school construction to flood relief for farmers, state Sen. Chuck Edwards says.

A new budget can’t be finalized because Cooper wants the Legislature to expand Medicaid, which one study said would insure 634,000 North Carolinians by 2022. The budget Cooper vetoed included more than $63 million for high priority projects in Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania Counties; all funding held up over one policy disagreement.