February 19, 2020

First, Don Davis voted against the state budget that had critical funding for East Carolina University and their credit rating was slashed.

And now Senator Don Davis refuses to override Governor Cooper’s veto of the budget – which the Greenville City Council says means $220 million in projects for the ECU medical school and other vital money for Pitt County are stonewalled.

The Greenville Daily Reflector reports “The investments include $215 million for a new Brody School of Medicine facility, $850,000 for East Carolina University’s statewide telepsychiatry program, $1 million to Eastern Area Health Education Center, $2.5 million for a food commercialization center in Ayden and $150,000 for improvements to Bethel’s water treatment facilities.”

“I think it’s our intent with passing this resolution is to show how important it is for all legislators to work toward a budget that will improve eastern North Carolina and create the investment that is needed here,” Greenville City Councilman William Litchfield said.

The resolution states “The City of Greenville strongly encourages all members of the General Assembly to act in accordance with the needs of the State and support the eastern region of North Carolina by taking measures to ensure these important programs for the institutions and communities that they will so clearly benefit.”

And they finger Davis and Cooper for blocking the money. “The $24 billion budget was passed largely along party lines. Cooper vetoed it in part because it didn’t include a provision to expand Medicaid. The Senate has not taken an override vote because it needs one Democrat to vote for the override and none of the four Democrats who voted for the original budget, including Pitt County’s Sen. Don Davis, are willing to vote for the override.”(GDR, 2/15/20)

It’s clear. Senator Don Davis and Governor Cooper are playing politics – and leaving ECU and Pitt County’s health and infrastructure needs high and dry.