RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he will veto a Senate bill to redistribute more sales dollars to rural North Carolina counties, a promise which prompted a bitter response from the bill’s Republican sponsor.
McCrory released a statement Tuesday saying he would veto the bill, which has not yet passed a committee vote. The statement says that instead of sales taxes, the Senate should be focused on the governor’s plan to borrow money to fund infrastructure and road development across the state.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, quickly responded with his own release blasting the governor for supporting large cities over rural counties.
Brown’s proposal is now part of a larger Senate budget being discussed with the House.