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NC budget headed soon to dispute with Perdue

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A contentious North Carolina budget headed to Gov. Bev Perdue is getting more heated as Perdue breaks a logjam on unemployment benefits and a Republican leader was heard calling her "incompetent."

The state House is scheduled to vote Friday and a final time early Saturday on the nearly $20 billion spending plan crafted by the Legislature's Republican majority.

Perdue signed an executive order Friday aimed at extending federal unemployment benefits to some 47,000 long-term jobless workers caught in a tug-of-war between the governor and lawmakers.

The GOP-written budget includes the benefits fix, but Perdue appears ready to veto it.

A House Republican leader called Perdue "incompetent" for acting seven weeks after the benefits fight began. His words came during a closed-door GOP meeting which was mistakenly streamed over the Internet.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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This is great

her Majesty has no idea how a budget is developed. Sort of like sign and drive I guess.

On or about August 5, the Feds run out of the ability to pay their bills. UNless the Federal Debt Ceiling is raised. Even Mike McIntyre indicates he can not vote to raise the debt ceiling until the Government gets its act together and begins working to reduce debt and spending.

So what happens then?

Right now, the Feds are raiding cookie jars and moving money from one Federal Agency to another to keep them afloat. But that ability runs out in August.

Then what?

Want to have a real impact, your Majesty? Drop Medicaid like a hot potato. Do away with it. That would be a significant step in the right direction.