GOP lawmakers say Perdue should sign budget

Posted June 27, 2012

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— House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger on Wednesday gave insight into the deal Gov. Beverly Perdue offered last week to let their proposed $20.2 billion budget pass into law.

"The towns and the counties, the education systems, in just a couple of days, are going to begin a new fiscal year," Tillis said. "They're going to have to make worst-case assumptions about their budget if are not able to come in with a budget that has a substantial increase in funding for this year."

Perdue said Tuesday that she had offered a deal to Berger and Tillis that would have let her sign the budget, or at least let it go into law without her signature. However, Perdue did not specify what that deal would look like.

Berger and Tillis said Tuesday that it involved shifting $100 million from reserve funds that lawmakers had set aside to deal with potential shortfall in the Medicaid program.

During a Tuesday news conference, Perdue urged lawmakers to "do more for the children of North Carolina" and increase funding for public schools in the budget.

Berger said the spending plan can't be too bad if the governor believes such a small shift could fix it, noting, "$100 million in a $20 billion budget, it seems to me, is not the difference between nirvana and devastation."

Perdue spokeswoman Chris Mackey broke down the $100 million, noting more than three-quarters of it would reduce the discretionary cuts school districts have been asked to make. Another $15 million would go to early childhood education.

The remaining $9 million would go for compensation to victims of the state's forced sterilization program, hiring more probation officers and providing the state match to obtain federal funds for election improvements.

Tillis said he expects the General Assembly to adjourn by early next week, at the latest.

"Outside of the budget, there is no other measure that will keep us here longer," he said.

That leaves at least two high-profile bills in tenuous positions.

House lawmakers have been studying a measure that would tax and regulate sweepstakes machines that mimic gambling. 

"I don't think we have sufficient time to take it up," Tillis said. He said sweepstakes may come up as part of a tax reform bill next year, but added, "I don't see any of that moving for the remainder of this session."

House lawmakers are also working on a bill that would allow corporations to get a tax credit in exchange for donating to a fund that would give scholarships to low-income families who want to send their children to private schools.

That bill was discussed in the House Finance Committee Wednesday morning but did not get a vote. Tillis said he was uncertain whether it would pass before the session ends on Monday or Tuesday.


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  • ecualumni1982 Jun 28, 2012

    What is funny no matter how good or bad the budget is most of NC never see the money! My county looked like a mess before the economy crash and looks the same now.

  • evansbluecf Jun 28, 2012

    Perdue can't get out of the governor's mansion fast enough. Lord, how can our state stand another seven months of her?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 27, 2012

    believeanything -

    [LIKE]Sadly, I think we can't do many of these things because there are too many blind sheep stupidly or lazily voting straight party instead of doing their own homework and voting for the best candidate regardless of party affiliation.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 27, 2012

    "GOP lawmakers say Perdue should sign budget"

    What else would they going to say!?!


  • Objective Scientist Jun 27, 2012

    beliveanything... Your comments are perfectly in line with thoughts I have had for years. Great statements!

  • believeanything Jun 27, 2012

    At what point can we just abolish the Democrat and Republican Parties. They dislike each other as much as the Hatfield and McCoys did. Seriously, make informed decisions, don't like or dislike something just because you HAVE to have the opposite opinion of the opposing party!

    All political parties want to say whatever they can to get themselves elected. They will hit the hammer on every weakness to make themselves have a better chance. Companies are going to give money to the party that will best suit them!

    Speaking in terms of Congress and Senate, maybe we can get term limits and start having the politicians come back to the systems they have created!

    Also, let's get a line item veto, so we can see what everyone is really for and against! Quit sliding things in with other bills to get passed!

    We have the greatest country in the world, let's start focusing on taking care of ourselves here for a while and not the rest of the world. Let them clean up their own messes for a change!

  • sunshine1040 Jun 27, 2012

    Here is an even better idea for education if Johnny cannot read the 5th grade reader then do not pass him to the 6th grade. He cannot balance a checkbook with 5 entries fill out a 1040EZ read an employment application then he does not get a diploma or even a certification of completion.

  • WRALSUCKS Jun 27, 2012

    The people voted for this your job and sign the budget!

  • sunshine1040 Jun 27, 2012

    ok so romney takes all he money he has invest in companys that buy, sell or mfg goods or services in the US and moves it to companies that operate in Europe have no plants or distriution in the US. Now where is that job obama promised you? sorry Romneys money is not sitting in his basement doing nothing He has invested it so companies can buy new machines new buildings etc

  • lalaloo Jun 27, 2012

    ???? Really? Our Jobs are gone because of Obama and his Socialist agenda....The rich people as you call it are the ones that provide us those jobs. Stop over taxing and over regulating and maybe they will come back.

    No, the jobs are gone because greedy people like Mitt Romney don't want to pay a living wage so they ship jobs overseas.