The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees weighed in on the state budget stalemate Tuesday, passing a resolution calling on lawmakers to overturn Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget passed by the General Assembly’s Republican majority.
The move comes after last week’s meeting of the the UNC Board of Governors where that board passed a resolution urging state lawmakers to pass the currently proposed state budget – the subject of a months’ long political struggle between Cooper, a Democrat, and the legislative Republicans.
The board of governors’ resolution called for “all boards of trustees to create and approve a concurring resolution as soon as practical.”
Western Carolina appears to be the first university whose board of trustees has done so.
The resolution was passed in a special telephone meeting of the board Tuesday afternoon. One board member was absent, two abstained and all others voted to approve the resolution.
The UNC Board of Governors is appointed by the Republican leaders of the legislature. Its 24 voting members in turn appoint members of the boards of trustees of the UNC system’s constituent schools. The current board of governors is entirely composed of members who are Republican or unaffiliated. No Democrats serve on the board.