by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Carolina Journal’s Dan Way continues to dig for details on the $57.8 million fund attached to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline deal that was approved by the Cooper administration.
Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday he would let House Bill 90 become law without his signature. The legislation diverts the financial gift from Cooper’s control to local education agencies. School districts in the eight North Carolina counties through which the natural gas pipeline passes would decide how to spend the money.
A letter sent Thursday to legislative leaders by Cooper’s chief of staff Kristi Jones didn’t address the constitutional matter, either. It said the governor’s top attorney William McKinney and senior adviser Ken Eudy negotiated the deal with pipeline operators. And had the General Assembly not interfered with the arrangement, the letter suggested, mitigation funds might start flowing soon. (Read the letter here.)
Read Dan’s story here.