Charlotte Talks: Tug Of War Over NC Budget, Medicaid Expansion Drags On

Aug 19, 2019

Monday, Aug. 19, 2019


Three Mecklenburg County lawmakers share their insight on what's going on - and not going on - in the North Carolina legislature, from Medicaid expansion to gun legislation, and more.

This month, we've had our regular conversation with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and sat down with the mayors of Rock Hill and Fort Mill. Now, a look at state government with several members of Mecklenburg County's delegation in Raleigh.

From left to right: Christy Clark, Kelly Alexander, John Autry
Credit Chris Miller / WFAE

A month and a half into a new fiscal year for the state, a stalemate over the state budget shows no signs of letting up as Gov. Cooper and Republicans remain at odds over Medicaid expansion. Republicans lost their supermajority in last fall's election, and now must sway some Democrats in order to overcome Cooper's budget veto.

Meanwhile, the chants of "do something" echoed among the Democratic caucus after the latest mass shootings, but efforts to convince Republicans to join a push to force debate on gun legislation have failed.


Kelly Alexander, North Carolina House, District 107, chair of the Mecklenburg County legislative delegation (@TheNCRep)

John Autry, North Carolina House, District 100 (@AutryJohn)

Christy Clark, North Carolina House, District 98 (@ChristyClarkNC)