Raleigh – Yesterday, WBTV revealed House Speaker Tim Moore ignored months of requests to increase funding for a scholarship that supports children of wartime veterans. A new string of emails provided to WBTV reveal that agency leaders at the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) have pressed Moore’s office on this issue “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.
In the email correspondence, the DMVA clearly spells out the potential price of Speaker Moore turning his back on this program and these kids, “This will affect over 1,200 students (I should say parents) that will have to pay the difference.”
Still, Moore dropped the ball and refuses to admit it. In WBTV’s words (emphasis added): “In an interview with WBTV on Monday, Moore tried to explain away the fact that the additional funds weren’t appropriated.” In Moore’s own words, “It’s just – it was the way it was prioritized.”
On Monday, Governor Cooper ordered DMVA pay the full room and board amount promised to families for the fall semester.