GOP: Perdue never tried to compromise on budget

Posted June 16, 2011

— One day after the General Assembly voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of the state budget, Republican legislative leaders again rebuked Perdue on Thursday, saying she didn't try to negotiate with them on the final spending plan.

Perdue said the cuts to education were too deep in the $19.7 billion spending plan and that lawmakers should have extended a temporary one-cent increase to the state sales tax rate to avoid those cuts.

Five Democratic House members joined the Republican-led legislature to pass the budget over her objections, and House Speaker Thom Tillis called the override "the proudest moment of my political career" because of that bipartisanship.

"The reason those Democrats stuck with us (is) we negotiated in good faith," said Tillis, R-Mecklenburg. "We were looking for an opportunity to bridge the gap, (to) take as much of the politics out of a political process as we could, and the governor decided to stay political at the end of the day."

Perdue responded by insisting that the Republicans were the ones playing politics.

"I don't care what they're saying. This was the wrong ideological decision by the newly elected Republican leadership," she said.

Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has followed state politics for decades and said Perdue chose not to negotiate with Republican lawmakers.

"She separated herself from this budget in a way that governors haven't separated themselves from budgets previously," Guillory said. "She said, 'It's better for me and better for the state that I veto and then let the people judge.'"

Tillis with budget override GOP: Perdue never tried to compromise on budget

The veto override will likely be an issue in the 2012 election, and former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, who lost to Perdue in 2008 and is a likely Republican candidate next year, quickly seized on it.

"With a veto override, she's becoming irrelevant," McCrory said, noting that he often worked with Democrat-controlled councils in Charlotte.

Guillory said the fallout from the budget cuts the Republicans made could still turn the tide in Perdue's favor by next year.

"The Democrats and the Democratic governor have suffered a loss here, but it's not a final loss," he said.


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  • Plenty Coups Jun 17, 2011

    "because they said that they would stop the out of control spending, and they kept their word."

    What out of control spending? Our spending as a percentage of GDP is down from ten years ago. Our state overall tax rate is below the national average. Our education spending is next to last(at least we're not last?)If you're going to post rhetoric, back it up with facts please.

    State spending:

    NC tax rates. Tax "Freedom" day here in NC is 6 days ahead of the national average:

  • chavez1985 Jun 17, 2011

    Every one forgets that the GOP won in a landslide because they said that they would stop the out of control spending, and they kept their word.

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 17, 2011

    Socialism? Figures. The Socialists always DID despise Fascists anyway. "Comrade, get your republican" ;)

  • BIlzac Jun 17, 2011

    RKBA, you're so....apocalyptic...

    I guess we won't know for a few years yet, but it will certainly be interesting to see what the public thinks in the next election cycle. Hard to tell from on here.

    Both parties have given us plenty of reason to distrust them, for different reasons.

    Oh, and just for clarity, for most of the past 30 years or so, North Carolina has been near the middle of the pack in terms of state tax burden. You can look it up if you like, I certainly had to.

    I've haven't experienced the past 100 years here. I'm a new resident of this state and will likely be here the rest of my life. That gives me a vested interest in the future of this state.

    But I don't like party lines. I've been a registered and voting republican all my voting life (over 30 years). I'm not inclined to vote for a single republican at this point because they've been nothing but snot nosed bullys.

    But I know many of the democrats are no better.

    What to do...

  • pbjbeach Jun 17, 2011

    Tere need stoo be a house an senate cleaning out come 2012 an return the powers of the legisture to the people an the demoocrat legistures that will lead us out of the repbulican createed mess all for the benefit of their coporate instrest an special instrest buddies that are suporting these wrong head wrong think repbulican in their effort to turn this farther an farther to the far rigth meaning everything for the coporate insterst an nothing for the woorking class people of this state but ever increasing fees ( taxes for the poor an the working class as implemented by this republican lead legisture send them down the road kicking cans come 2012 thank y ou

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 17, 2011

    "Look, they have their majority and they're enjoying it. Best we can do is REMEMBER, and not let it happen again."

    You've had 100 years to run this state into the ground, aided by the news media and the government educational system

    You've succeeded in creating an entitlement society of unproductive lazy whiny souls, who believe they are OWED a livelihood and a Blackberry.

    There's a hard cold world out there, and the gravy train is over. You've spent this state and this country into the ground.

    The free rides are over. The sooner we all roll up our sleeves and look for work rather than a government check, we'll be on the road to competitiveness and employment again.

    The free ride is over. There's no more money.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 17, 2011

    "This is an incredibly partisan state right now."


    Try "Nation"

    There's an epic struggle between democracy and socialism.

  • pbjbeach Jun 17, 2011

    These repbulicans in the states legisture are just trying to defend the indefenseable they are the one in charge are an nthey are simply trying to deflect things back on to the governor an her offices they have got the power in the short term at least but they had best make good of it while they have it for come 2012 they will be in the unemployment along with the rest of us. they have "f" up the state government for long enough an most especially within the areas of the ncdot that has allowed for the wrongful payment to contractors in the road build areas ot he ncdot where that they are being allowed to be paid two an three times for the doing of the same work over an over again thank you

  • Soundguy Jun 17, 2011

    The democratic party controlled North Carolina for over 100 years prior to the republician party taking office. During this time they managed to raise taxes to the point that we are one of the highest taxed states in the southeast. They wasted our tax money for years and what do we have to show for it? The public school system had problems for years and our schools rated poorly long before this last election. It was not working before and now we are broke and have to start cutting our expenses. I assure you children that want to learn will continue to do so and those that don't, well it will be just like it was all along. Another point is this. How many people over the age of 45 remember having a teacher's assistant in their class? I sure don't!! We didn't even have air conditioning until I reached the 11th grade in high school.

  • BIlzac Jun 17, 2011

    NCSU...you are speaking a language that many people here do not comprehend.

    Now, if you could change your comments to something like...

    "...just found out we lost all our BUSINESS administrative assistants..."

    THEN they would get it.

    Seriously, I've been reading and writing here all through the budget debates. One thing I've learned...

    This is an incredibly partisan state right now. The republican's, even the comman woman and man republicans, have completely bought the ALEC/Tea Party line that the only way to prosperity is to cut taxes, eliminate government, and wipe out social programs including public education.

    They are not moved by facts or data.

    They are not moved by pain and suffering (for as you will find if you read long enough, they have suffered longer and more harshly than anyone else).

    Look, they have their majority and they're enjoying it. Best we can do is REMEMBER, and not let it happen again.