Casino expansion fails to get support as part of North Carolina’s state budget, House speaker says

Casino expansion fails to get support as part of North Carolina’s state budget, House speaker says

Article brief provided by The News & Observer
  • Avi Bajpai, The News & Observer
September 7, 2023 9:08 PM
  • Avi Bajpai, The News & Observer

House Speaker Tim Moore has informed his Republican colleagues that a controversial proposal to open new casinos in North Carolina hasn’t drawn enough support to make it into the state budget, his office confirmed.

In an email to the House Republican Caucus sent Wednesday night, Moore said Republicans would not pass a state budget that didn’t have at least 61 House GOP votes, a majority of the 120-member House. Moore went on to say that “there are not 61 Republicans willing to vote for the budget if it includes gaming.”

The email was first reported by CBS 17. Moore spokesperson Demi Dowdy confirmed to The News & Observer that Moore had sent the email to House Republicans.