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Democratic defectors still back vetoed NC budget

Posted June 13, 2011

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—  The General Assembly has returned to work the day after Gov. Beverly Perdue issued a historic veto of the budget.

Senators held unusual Monday afternoon committee meetings in hopes of the General Assembly completing its regular legislation session by the end of the week.

Lawmakers could adjourn only if the GOP-led House can override Perdue's veto Sunday of a two-year spending plan. Four of the five House Democrats who voted for the final budget that spends nearly $20 billion in 2011-12 would have to go along for the override to occur. Some said Monday they plan to continue supporting the budget.

"I knew she'd veto the budget. I just didn't know when," Rep. Dewey Hill, D-Columbus, said Monday. "We're going to override the veto."

However, Perdue isn't giving up.

"I'm hoping somebody – doesn't have to be just the five Democrats – I'm hoping five people step up and vote with me to veto this budget," Perdue said.

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The House rules don't allow for an override vote until at least Wednesday.

State law requires the budget to be approved by July 1, when the new fiscal year begins.

Perdue is North Carolina's first chief executive to veto a budget bill.

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  • rnrcp Jun 15, 2011

    All five votes were bought with earmarks for their pet projects, a bridge for one, no charge for ferries for another....all of this at the cost of the taxpayer.

  • WRALSUCKS Jun 15, 2011

    More hack reporting from WRAL.

    Democrat "defectors"?

    Can you at least PRETEND to have some journalistic ethics and objectivity?

  • unc70 Jun 14, 2011

    Show some proof for your claim that Obama hired 700k government employees in DC.

    It is absolutely not the case.

  • harmstrong4 Jun 14, 2011

    North Carolina Home: u are right. and u are probably right.. Obama hire about 700K new employees in DC if not more....

  • North Carolina Home Jun 14, 2011

    "Yep and come election time all the states employees are going to give you all the boot,you have proven to everyone NOW where you stand and its time to to give you all your pink slips."
    Mustange

    If there are enough state employees to, as a group, elect or defeat a candidate that is proof there are too many state employees!

  • Mustange Jun 14, 2011

    Seventy percent of voters said they support the state House budget...
    You forgot to mention that it also says from the same article that polls show voters supporting an ‘extension’ of a sales tax increase

  • Mustange Jun 14, 2011

    Do they think we are going to re-elect them because they saved us from a penny tax.
    That penny is going to cost a lot of brand new faces in the next election hold and wait and see !!!!!

  • Mustange Jun 14, 2011

    "I knew she'd veto the budget. I just didn't know when," Rep. Dewey Hill, D-Columbus, said Monday. "We're going to override the veto."

    Yep and come election time all the states employees are going to give you all the boot,you have proven to everyone NOW where you stand and its time to to give you all your pink slips.

  • bissette Jun 14, 2011

    I wonder what these guys would do if they knew they were all going to be voted out in the next election.
    I think that would be the best thing.
    Put a whole new crew in with some common sense.
    Keep the penny tax !
    How ignorant do they think the citizens of NC are? Do they think we are going to re-elect them because they saved us from a penny tax.

  • edith wharton Jun 14, 2011

    "Ol' Bev keeps failing to mention she is dipping into the Education lottery funds to pay medicaid bills for the Zombies."

    What Zombies are we talking about? Our mentally- and physically-disabled citizens? What do you believe we should do with those "zombies"? I think Hitler had an answer that we weren't too comfortable with. What's your answer?

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