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Perdue 'prepared to veto'

Posted June 4, 2011

State Senate lawmakers met this morning to ratify the state's first Republican budget plan in more than a century.  It arrived on the Governor's desk at 10:15 this morning.

The $19.7 billion budget earned final approval in the House early this morning, winning a supermajority - 73 of 120 votes.  Five Democrats joined the Republican majority in supporting the bill: Jim Crawford, Bill Owens, Bill Brisson, Dewey Hill, and Tim Spear. 

GOP leaders say the proposal's public education spending is less than one percent lower than Perdue had proposed.  But Democrats say the devil's in the details of how the cuts are spelled out.

Senate Republicans already have a veto-proof majority. And if the five House Democrats vote again with their Republican colleagues, the House would be able to override a veto, too.  They've signaled that's a likely scenario. 

Perdue wouldn't say Friday whether she would veto the bill.  But her statement today certainly sounds like it's a strong possibility:  

"Education is the hallmark of this state. Leaders before me have had the courage and the foresight to invest in our education system knowing it is what distinguishes North Carolina as one of the greatest states in the nation.

"I will carefully review the budget passed by the General Assembly, but believe me when I say: I will not be the first governor to abandon our schools, our community colleges and our university system. I am prepared to veto this budget if my review indeed shows what I fear – that North Carolina will move backwards under this budget plan."

Perdue has until 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 16th to decide what to do with the GOP budget.  If she doesn't use her veto stamp by that time, the measure will automatically become law with or without her signature.  

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  • maryburkett1 Jun 9, 2011

    Itoo would like to know what happens to the lottery money that is suppose to go to the children. It happens in evry state. It is a sure fix until it get voted in and then it is the same old thing no money for schools. Who is in charge of this money and who decides where it is spent.

  • socialjustice64 Jun 7, 2011

    I support Governor Purdue and her efforts to veto this bill. Balanced budgeting involves RAISING revenues *AND* CUTTING spending. Just cutting spending on the backs of the poor and our children and then extending tax breaks to big NC business is not exactly a successful or fair balanced budgeting strategy. This is really nothing more than the GOP gloating with power and snubbing their noses at everyone else. They have the votes and they think they were elected to do this THEIR way. Unfortunately, they have fogotten that they should be representing EVERYONE in their districts - not just those that funded their campaigns.

  • Dukefan1 Jun 6, 2011

    VETO....and you five Dems should be ashamed of yourself for failing the children and state employees...for what? a 1% sales tax OR did you/your district benefit in some way we don't know yet?

  • Lucas Turner Jun 6, 2011

    My daughter just graduated with Honors from a North Carolina public high school. She has been accepted and will attend a North Carolina Public University this Fall. My job in the education field has been cut and I have received my pink slip effective 1 July. Even with all this I still support the budget and hope it is not vetoed or the House has the votes to override the veto. It might be bad now but if something is not done now what does my daughter and her children have to look forward to but more of the same and more than not far worse.

  • babbleon Jun 6, 2011

    Go Gov!

    The new budget contains significant cuts to education, which will lead to lost jobs. I will happily pay a little more to keep our economy in good shape and maintain our kids' chances for a decent education.

  • ykm Jun 5, 2011

    Nothing new she planned to veto any budget that did not maintain the sales tax. But we may find the revenue projections to support the 19.7 billion budget a bit optimistic.

  • mkg1047 Jun 4, 2011

    What is Bev Perdue saying, "Education is the hallmark of this state. Leaders before me have had the courage and the foresight to invest in our education system knowing it is what distinguishes North Carolina as one of the greatest states in the nation. Help us understand her reasoning because she certainly can't back this statement with the facts. Where is all the money for the Education Lottery 43 billion?,Bonds, and taxpayer money. There must be a hole in the Education funding bucket falling thin air??

  • Gilgamesh 2 Jun 4, 2011

    Time to veto PERDUE