RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina House passed a $19.7 billion, two-year budget early Saturday, concurring with the Senate. After the Senate ratifies the bill Saturday morning, it is headed for the governor's desk where she will have up to 10 days to act.
Even if Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue vetoes the bill, the Republican-controlled legislature has demonstrated it has the votes to override her.
Republicans hold a super-majority in the Senate. That body voted 31-19 in favor of the bill Thursday. In the House, the GOP is four votes short of a super-majority, but five Democrats voted for the bill Friday, which passed 73-45 making it appear veto-proof.
By law, the state must have a budget bill passed by July 1, when the new fiscal year begins.
Perdue and the Republican leadership have been at odds over recent weeks about how to balance the budget while funding necessary state services.