RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s state budget has been adopted, even if the governor does not like it.
The Senate this afternoon approved an override of Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the spending plan. The vote was along party lines 31-19.
Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover County) said it was “a wonderful day in North Carolina,” because the state has a balanced budget that won’t increase spending.
“Folks need to know that spending in North Carolina has literally gone up over 80 percent in the last 12 years. That’s crazy, unsustainable, and it’s finally been stopped,” Goolsby said.
The House voted just after midnight this morning to override the veto with five Democrats joining Republicans in favor of the override.
Perdue’s decision to say no to the budget marked the first time a governor had vetoed a North Carolina budget ever. It was just the 15th veto in state history since governors received the power in 1996.
“Well, she’s been overriden,” Goolsby said. “You cannot tax people into prosperity no matter how much she might yell that it can be done. And we finally stopped her.”