Perdue chides GOP for 'little-boy games'

Posted May 20, 2011

After an appearance at Lenovo's job announcement today, Gov. Bev Perdue took off her gloves and came out swinging at legislative Republicans.

Asked about the budget proposal due out next week from the Senate GOP, Perdue said, "The things I’ve heard did not portend well for public schools, teachers, and little kids who are gonna start school again next fall in crowded classrooms without adequate resources. I won’t put up with that."

"If they don’t want to do the sales tax, then give me a revenue source. But we are going to fund teachers and fund teacher assistants, or I will simply veto their budget," she said. 

The governor also weighed in on the political impasse over federal unemployment benefits.  Perdue vetoed an earlier GOP bill that linked an extension of those benefits to her agreement to a drastic budget cut for next year if she and Republicans couldn't agree on a spending plan by June 30th. 

Perdue has asked GOP leaders to send her a "clean bill" that would make the needed formula change without tying it to anything else.  For the past month, Republicans have refused.  In the meantime, some 42,000 long-term jobless North Carolinians have been left with no unemployment checks. Many say they're at risk of losing houses or cars or utilities without assistance. 

“These people are real people," Perdue said. "They’re not hostages to be held by the Republican leaders in this little-boy game of one-upmanship.”

Perdue defended her veto of the earlier bill, saying their proposal for a continuing budget 13% below her proposal would've made education into a bargaining chip.  "Instead of doing the right thing, for the last 6 weeks, the Republican leadership have chosen to continue to play little-boy games with the state, with these unemployed people. And now they’re the hostages."

Perdue also noted that the loss of federal benefits is also the loss of  money that could help the state's economic recovery. “This state every week is losing $10 million that would actually help small businesses and grocery stores and maybe a shoe salesperson to do a little commerce. It’s just ridiculous.” 

“I’m so angry about it today because I’ve heard this morning they’re gonna play another little game,” she said. “They’re talking about sending me another unemployment package tied to some other piece of legislation. That’s ridiculous.”  Perdue Lenovo Perdue comments on budget, benefits

“I refuse to put up with it anymore,” Perdue continued. “They’re not gonna hold me hostage. I refuse to be a hostage. And I would hope the people of the state would say, put your gamesmanship away and do what you were elected to do, which is to do things like help these unemployed people get their job benefits.”

Watch the unedited question-and-answer session at right.

UPDATE: Senate Leader Phil Berger tweets a response: "These are just the kind of games we don't need right now. We need to work together to get things done."  And House Speaker Thom Tillis told the AP today the GOP would send the governor another benefits extension bill – tied to another budget proposal. 


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  • dlphnwmn8 May 26, 2011

    We are now up to 50,000 plus individuals unable to collect. Understand the 50,000 count does not include spouses and children. A friend with family had his electricity cut off the Thursday before Mother's Day. Can you imagine what kind of weekend they had? And now facing eviction May 31 if UI not reinstated. Check out this article: unemployment benefits stalemate splits jobless family - http://ow.ly/4S7nY - #ncga #ncpol. Our elected offiicials know each day they will eat three meals, have water to drink and to bathe, be warm on chilly nights and cool on warm days, be able to afford gas, to buy meds, have insurance when ill, their mortgage will be paid on tiime and their lights will shine when needed in the dark of night. They know when payday is as they work for us and we pay them. Shouldn't they start working FOR us and not AGAINST us?

  • 1 awesome Dad May 25, 2011

    I am done being nice...Calling our legislatures and emailing our legislatures is not working how can we get this people that refuse to represent and govern us properly to resign.

  • dlphnwmn8 May 25, 2011

    House Rules votes on straight party lines to keep unemp benefits tied to budget measure. 14 Rs, 9 Ds.

    So everybody.....there it is. They had their chance to help us and just flipped us a big old bird.

  • stanmak May 25, 2011

    yes i agree @richardh this little game that the governor has given into will be the end of her. on top of that she has already all but promised to veto the budget.

  • richardh May 25, 2011

    Bev Perdue has no need to run for re election because she dosent care about the unemployed. shes playing little boy games just like shes saying about the rebublicans, i will campaign for anyone who runs against her. if she cared she would give the unemployed a way to live. pay to keep there lights on feed there kids do something not veto a bill that is helping poor people. you wher elected for the people not for your rich friends....

  • 1 awesome Dad May 24, 2011

    Mr. Tillis would you please send dear old Bev a clean bill so we can get back to finding a job and bring some more revenue into this weak economy.

    My children are hungry and need clothes and a home and we are tired of the political shenanigans.

  • jonathangonia May 24, 2011

    If leaders in other countries were hold the lifeline of federally funder food or aid.. we would go arrest them for war crimes... Just a thought.. We care about aiding people in other countries more than our own..

  • dlphnwmn8 May 24, 2011

    Statement from Tillis calls NAACP protest in chamber today "one of the most disrespectful displays" he's seen while"

    Hey Tillis...... you ain't seen NOTHIN' yet!!!

  • 1 awesome Dad May 24, 2011

    Free this hostage Mr. Berger as I am tired of being held hostage. The prisoners in the DOC live better than the hostages.

  • 1 awesome Dad May 24, 2011

    ok folks let us all show up on Jones Street tomorrow and let our voice the voice of the suffering and anguishing North Carolinians that our legislatures caused us to endure let us be heard. One person is not enough and that is true so let's make plans to go.