North Carolina Republican lawmakers have been traveling around a good bit of late making claims that Gov. Cooper is somehow preventing a host of essential state services from a being funded by his refusal to sign the draconian budget that they sent to him in June. The truth is just the opposite. As the chart below (which was part of a powerful slide presentation prepared by the N.C. Budget & Tax Center) shows, Cooper has proposed a budget that would actually provide more generous funding across the board. In fact, it’s the Republican attachment to unwarranted and destructive tax cuts for corporations and their refusal to agree to life-saving and economy-boosting Medicaid expansion that is the problem.