North Carolina State Budget Director Art Pope is leaving the position after taking the Legislature through two budget cycles under the leadership of Republican Governor Pat McCrory.
Gov. McCrory made the announcement Wednesday at a press conference naming Raleigh banking executive Lee Roberts as his successor effective sometime in the first week of September.
The Governor told the media that Pope agreed to one year as budget director when he signed on. However, Gov. McCrory asked him to stay through the end of this short session to develop another budget, which the Governor says he will soon sign.
WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with NC House Rep. Graig Meyer (NC House District 50) about Pope’s resignation and what it means for state government.