Applause for Perdue's veto

Posted June 13, 2011

Reactions poured in after Gov. Bev Perdue's budget veto Sunday afternoon:

From House Minority Leader Joe Hackney, D-Orange: 

"Gov. Perdue placed herself squarely in the company of North Carolina's great education leaders today when she vetoed the budget Republican legislators put on her desk. It is a disappointing plan that reverses the course of history in this state, taking away opportunity instead of expanding it.

"Education, health care, public safety and the environment all suffer under this proposal. Our outstanding university system suffers damaging and unnecessary cuts. Environmental protection is compromised. I fully support her decision."

The left-leaning coalition Together NC called the veto "absolutely correct": 

"This budget would devastate our education system, which is the foundation of North Carolina's prosperity. It would also cost jobs and economic vitality at precisely the wrong time. We need to invest in North Carolina's future, not retreat from funding the vital institutions that make our state great.

"In her veto announcement, Gov. Perdue was also correct on two crucial points. First, the most devastating cuts could have been avoided simply by maintaining the penny sales tax. Simply preserving the revenue we have would make a huge difference to schools, health systems, and public safety in North Carolina. Second, Gov. Perdue is correct that the budget she favors would be better-suited to protect schools than the legislative budget she has vetoed today.

"Gov Perdue is to be applauded for standing up for teachers, firefighters, and health care workers. We call upon lawmakers to join her in standing with everyday North Carolinians by sustaining this veto. Only then can we build a budget that really works to create prosperity in North Carolina."

State NAACP leader Rev. William Barber called out the "Party of Five" - the Democrats who voted for the budget - while praising Perdue's stand:

"Governor Beverly Perdue's veto of the cruel budget is a veto of principle. The morally flawed budget sent to her betrayed our children, our elderly, minorities, the poor and the out of work.

"History will be made when the House votes on whether to uphold this principled veto. The House of Representatives will be remembered as the place where five men, temporarily confused by the false logic of back-room deals for their districts, reached deep in their hearts and voted for the common good of all our people.

"Or the House will be remembered as the place, in 2011, where callous self-interest and ideological purity triumphed over the common good.

"Gov. Perdue has chosen the high road. Who will join her?"

And, in an unusual move, House Minority Whip Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, issued his own statement of support for Perdue's veto:

"Budgets are the most important governmental statement of values and provide the resources to effectuate those values. This budget propels North Carolina back in time and would directly, and by ripple effect, create tens of thousands more unemployed, seriously harm the academic capacity and credibility of our public schools, community colleges and universities, jeopardize the security and safety of our people, and rip large holes in our safety net of care for our most vulnerable citizens.

"All of this is avoidable by simply keeping most or all of the one penny emergency sales tax. I find the cost of not doing so crushing to the people of the state and no rational, non-ideological economic reason exists for the course embarked upon by the new Republican majority. I fear this budget will create many needless victims in this state, and is as unsound fiscally and morally, as it is unwise."

The vetoed budget bill, H200, returns today to the chamber of its origin, the House. The earliest date for a veto override vote would be Tuesday. 


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  • yelton221 Jun 14, 2011


  • jsshapiro Jun 14, 2011

    Support the Governor and tell the 5 to not support the override vote.

  • BIlzac Jun 14, 2011

    It's funny to me that conservatives here applaud the legislature budget while dismissing the Governor's budget. At the same time they will use the argument that there is only a 200 million dollar difference in the two budgets.

    Those who have followed the budget process however realize that the legislature has juggled monies around to the point that significant job loss will occur with their budget. Case in point is $120+ million dollars in education cuts that are passed to the local level, most of which will result directly in teacher position cuts.

    If there really is only $200 million difference, why doesn't the argument work both ways?

    The Governor's budget does not risk teacher jobs. The legislature's does. If the difference is so small, surely it is better to have a budget that does NOT lead to job loss, than one that does.

  • AlbertEinstein Jun 14, 2011

    I find myself perplexed at both sides of the opinion alley. Some folks, without actually reading and comprehending the budget insist on elements that exist that will many speculative things. While on the other hand we have individuals that are sure that we must have the new budget to get out of debt, when in fact this budget does nothing of the sort. I guess the opinions are like the "haves and have nots" with those who follow blindly following.

  • PoBoy Jun 13, 2011

    Rev. William "Par for the Course" Barber I see, as usual, didn't include in his populace the working people of NC. Remember, Rev., its the working people whe are sick and tired of the give away programs that have the state and nation broke to begin with! We are the ones that have funded the "sign-ups" for years now! Its time for encouragement and pro-action from you to get folks away from government funding!

  • superman Jun 13, 2011

    Dont forget those of you who reside in Wake County that "maybe" as a result of the neighborhood school policy the schools failed to receive a 30 million dollar federal grant. Then the board wasted another 3 million when they changed the location of a new high school. And least you forget the Supt found money to give teachers a $500 bonus. Certainly money for Wake County Schools does not appear to be a problem. What we have now is a system of Public Welfare Education. The taxpayers with no children are paying for it. Elimate the income tax deduction for dependents. Let parents pay for their childs education.

  • BIlzac Jun 13, 2011

    One of the problems with the budget is the convoluted manner in which it is constructed. Unless you're right in the middle of it (and maybe not even then) you can't tell for sure just WHAT the budget is funding and what it is not.

    Why can't the legislature back up it's claims to not have cut teaching positions by clearly earmarking parts of the education budget strictly for teaching salaries?

    I tell you that right now Superintendents are saying, "We must cut another $3 million from our school system's budget, and we've already cut away as much fluff as we can. Now teachers will have to go."

    They can do this because the legislature has skipped out on determining where the cuts occur and simply told local schools to "find more cuts wherever you can." It's a disingenuous approach, particularly when you are speaking on TV saying that you have restored all teaching positions.

  • UNCfuturealumi Jun 13, 2011

    I am NOT against education, but for it 100%...but there is a lot more in that budget than teachers...

  • ksmith1195 Jun 13, 2011

    BIlzac, thank you for your response. I am in the private sector now, and it's tough for us! I have also worked in government, first as a municipal employee, and ultimately as a State government bureaucrat in the Department of Justice. The waste and incompetence was unfathomable. Stunning. Mind-numbing. I left to create my own business. The difference is this: the private sector creates wealth, value, jobs, the very things that made this country great a long time ago, and that it sorely needs again now. When a private company is incompetent, or wasteful, it fails and goes out of business, as it should. But the government can perpetuate its waste and incompetence by continuing to levy taxes (such as on my business), without regard to whether it is offering anything of value or not. No economy ever created wealth through its government, or spent its way out of debt, or taxed its way into prosperity. But the current government mindset is that it is a "deity" annointed to do just

  • stanmak Jun 13, 2011

    flow a global recession does not excuse the democrat budgets racking up 2500000000 billion in debt. MAJOR cuts should have been made last cycle, and the cycle before that. the minority was SCREAMING for cuts and right sizing last cycle. now we are at the point where new/higher taxes are off the table and a balanced budget is being put in place.
    dont twist this up, i fully understand the need for taxation, but the reach and size of some of these gov't agencies got out of hand. and i dont like tillis's staff raises either, but crying about it on a wral chat board isnt going to do anything. if this is your best example of why the republicans stink (bc of tillis's staff pay) you have alot of work to do. nobody will even remember this story next month.