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After the budget veto override: reactions

Posted June 15, 2011

House Speaker Thom Tillis said "We're proud to have this past us.  We think we've done something historic on several different levels." Tillis on veto override Tillis on the budget veto override

Tillis praised the "courageousness" of the five Democrats whose votes made the override possible. "They're all men of honor and men of their word, and I'm proud to serve with them."

Asked why the vote was scheduled for an unusual post-midnight session instead of during daylight hours Wednesday, Tillis said, "When you consider the distraction and the time that would have been spent between the time we woke up tomorrow morning and the time we took the veto, we'd have lost productivity." Michaux on veto override Michaux on the budget veto override


But Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, said the dark-of-night vote "ought to raise some suspicions all along the line."

"They thought that we as Democrats did some bad things. They really embellished what we did and took it to a higher plane. It's just been one big hellacious mess that we've had here recently," Michaux said. Hill Hill on the budget veto override  

And Rep. Dewey Hill, D-Columbus, one of the "Party of Five" Democrats who voted with the GOP to override the budget, said he had no regrets. 

"We thought it was the best we could do," Hill said. "It's a good budget. I can go to sleep tonight on it."

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  • justice4victims Jun 16, 2011

    @tdebord...NO really beside the word hypocrite in the dictionary should be the $30,000-pay-raise-giving Thom Tillis who cut jobs from the judicial system!!

  • justice4victims Jun 16, 2011

    @socialjustice...thank you...is everyone ignoring the fact that this "historic" vote did nothing to change the fact that TILLIS gave his staffers 25-27% increases in their salaries...2 ppl received $30,000 in pay increases. State Employee's in Mecklenburg Co., you need to recognize what it is that you sent to the General Assembly and send him back HOME!!

  • Chatham Rebel Jun 16, 2011

    Excuse me there Rep. Mickey Michaux did someone forget to invite you to the vote or was it past your bed time???? Give me a break. Thank goodness the overturned her veto!!!

  • rabyfarm2 Jun 15, 2011

    Republician or Dem. It doesn't matter, there has to be a checks and balance system and stopping point for waste in state government. I work for the state for 30 years and watch state agencies grow larger and larger, and most growth was at the top of agencies.Now if you want money for education, school systems need less of multiple administrators with each having multiple assistants and have money to hire three to four classroom teachers. This same principle applies to NCDCC&PS,DOC,JUSTICE DEPT.,DMV,DOT,and so on.It is time for a reality check and quit kicking the can down the road for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

  • josephlawrence43 Jun 15, 2011

    "a right with the late night votes, closed door meetings ": as if the dead of night, behind closed and locked doors, with only Democrats attending, and ignoring the expressed wishes of 70% of the American people, the "democratic leadership" in Washington passed the Health Care bill and shoved it down the throats of the American people was a responsible and legitimate way of doing things?. Could this be a case of the pot calling the kettle black??

  • socialjustice64 Jun 15, 2011

    Asked why the vote was scheduled for an unusual post-midnight session instead of during daylight hours Wednesday, Tillis said, "When you consider the distraction and the time that would have been spent between the time we woke up tomorrow morning and the time we took the veto, we'd have lost productivity."

    Apparently, that king of "productivity is worht the 6 figures raises Tillis is passing along to his staff! Balance the budget on the back of the poor and children and then give your staff a 27% raise. Now THAT'S classic Republican!

  • bpjamesncsu Jun 15, 2011

    Bottom line...it's sneaky and bad for democracy. I'm support much of the Republican budget, but two wrongs don't make a right with the late night votes, closed door meetings and handshakes, and political back-scratching. Both parties need to grow up. NC is being led by bickering children, not adults.

  • ljohnson247 Jun 15, 2011

    Dems - the budget was just 1.5% less than the Gov's was, what do they want. The Dems have never done any dark-of-night things. Have they forgot about all the backroom, cigar deals they have make over the years. I guess all the smoke has affected them or has not being in power has affected them.

  • driverkid3 Jun 15, 2011

    I'm glad they vetoed this pet of perdue's. From what I can understand, they did it as soon as it was legally possible. What's the problem with that? The dem's just don't like ANYTHING that doesn't conform to what they want.

  • stanmak Jun 15, 2011

    yeah you are right jfreud they should have added a few more zeroes onto the 2,500,000,000 shortfall. or just raised taxes again i love taxes.

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