Raleigh – Yesterday, WBTV noted the North Carolina House of Representatives will consider a bill when legislators come back to Raleigh next week that would “add $2.4 million in funding to support a state scholarship for children of wartime veterans.” Good.
The story also notes that Governor Cooper ordered the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to pay the full amount of the room and board allowance promised to students for the fall.
But the story fails to include any mention of Speaker Tim Moore’s grave inaction on the issue. For months, he ignored requests from DMVA agency leaders. On December 20th, WBTV posted a revealing story on Moore’s failure. The story notes that a new string of emails obtained by WBTV reveal that DMVA leaders pressed Moore’s office “throughout the 2019 legislative session” in order to make sure kids were allocated the funds they were promised in order to finish the year strong.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and a top staffer ignored repeated requests for additional funding for a scholarship that supports children of wartime veterans, new emails provided to WBTV show.
The email thread provided by DMVA shows [DMVA Assistant Secretary Martin] Falls sent one last response seeking to confirm whether that meant the agency wouldn’t get the additional $2.4 million and warning that would mean the room and board allowance would be less than what it was before the additional funding due to the increase in tuition and fees that the scholarship also had to cover. Falls’ last email got no response.
Governor Roy Cooper ordered DMVA pay the full room and board amount promised to families for the fall semester.