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Tillis: 'Veto it now'

Posted June 9, 2011

House Speaker Thom Tillis said today Gov. Bev Perdue should act quickly if she’s going to veto the budget.

Tillis said he’s “completely confident” he will have the Democratic votes to override a veto and put the budget on the books. He says a delay just leaves schools and local officials hanging while they wait for final spending numbers.

Perdue has till 11:59 Tuesday night to veto the budget. If she doesn’t, it automatically becomes law, whether or not she signs it.

“We’re not quite sure what the governor’s gonna do,” Tillis said. But if she’s going to veto it, he said, “veto it now.”

Tillis also addressed Senate Bill 727, a bill targeting the state teacher’s group, NCAE, by cutting off the collection of dues for the group via payroll deduction.

The measure passed its first vote Wednesday night 71-48, with all Republicans supporting it, plus three of the five Democrats who’ve aligned themselves with the GOP on the budget.

Other Democrats pointed out on the floor Wednesday night that the bill is not subject to the crossover deadline, since it’s already passed the Senate, so there was no reason to be taking it up during an already overly long day.

Tillis responded that he had “decided to make it a priority.”

Last week, during a closed-door caucus meeting that was accidentally broadcast to the press room, Tillis told his fellow Republicans, “The reason we’re doing it is because the NCAE has gone into all five districts with mailers hammering these Democrats. It’s just a little taste of what’s to come.”

Asked today whether political payback was an acceptable use of his power, Tillis ducked the question, instead attacking NCAE as a “far-left” political group run by high-paid organizers who pressure teachers into giving dues. “If you choose to be a political organization, don’t expect the legislature to enable it.” House Speaker Thom Tillis Tillis on budget, NCAE, crossover

The measure is on today's House calendar. But just after the press conference, Tillis told the House they probably wouldn't take up any bills today that are not subject to crossover, so S727 may be on hold till next week. 

Watch the full press conference at right.

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  • matum2 Jun 12, 10:12 a.m.

    Another good step in regaining sanity in this state in the area of tax and spend. The teacher's union is an arm of the democrat party tax and spend group. They support that party because of special favors they get from them that have no relation to improving our children's education, but rather in maintaining the status quo of the beaurocracy of special interests.

    Unnecessary expenditures must stop, and the area where deeper cuts are possible without affecting the outcome (children's education) is education.

    My congratulations on a job well done to the Republican held NC House and Senate.

    HS

  • csmith6 Jun 11, 3:32 p.m.

    All you union members can allow the NCAE to draft their bank accounts for your dues! The Union has failed education in NC for the last 40 years. No wonder we are 43 in the nation in Intelligence.

  • faperrigo Jun 10, 6:41 p.m.

    All checkoffs should be gone unless it benefits the govt. Folks, pay your dues/contributions without using the govt to do the paper-pushing. The NCAE members need to find better leadership

  • haggis basher Jun 10, 10:34 a.m.

    " NCAE should have learned by now that when you play politics in the other guys back yard, there are going to be consequences."

    First they came for the Jews,

    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,

    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the communists,

    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for me

    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  • stanmak Jun 9, 4:46 p.m.

    your good ole gubment has to process these payments and move the funds for each of these checkoffs if im not mistaken. now you can do it yourself and the big ncae bosses that get paid over 150k cant bully teachers for not wanting to have their paychecks deducted.

  • josephlawrence43 Jun 9, 3:21 p.m.

    Folks--I am a member of the NCAE--have been for a number of years. Does not in anyway mean that I approve of, or agree with, some of the actions and positions taken by the "leadership". NCAE should have learned by now that when you play politics in the other guys back yard, there are going to be consequences.

  • tmh1375 Jun 9, 3:02 p.m.

    "Your 'cause' is not being banned. However, you will have to fund it by writing and mailing the check yourself."

    How does it affect the legislatures if I choose to have it deducted from my paycheck? You can give to all kinds of causes from your check. You can pay your bills from your check. It's agenda pushing instead of worrying about the bigger issues.

  • Ready2Taxi Jun 9, 2:18 p.m.

    "Just because you don't particularly care for the cause, shouldn't give you the right to ban it."

    Your 'cause' is not being banned. However, you will have to fund it by writing and mailing the check yourself.

  • Dukefan1 Jun 9, 12:50 p.m.

    "The reason we’re doing it is because the NCAE has gone into all five districts with mailers hammering these Democrats. It’s just a little taste of what’s to come.”

    Wow what a guy (Tillis)!! to go after a teachers group. You sound like a bully on the playground. shame on you!

  • tmh1375 Jun 9, 12:04 p.m.

    People should be able to have whatever they want taken out of THEIR paychecks Mr. Tillis. Just because you don't particularly care for the cause, shouldn't give you the right to ban it.