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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.”

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10 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Goolsby calls veto override ‘wonderful day’ in NC"

2015 years 10 months ago

As painful as it may seem in the short term, Goolsby is correct.

Straight Shooter
2015 years 10 months ago

First of all Goolsby has been against this convention center since it’s inception and now he chooses to hamper it’s possible financial ability with this Stupid Bill! The main purpose of this center is to bring in outside money, to fill hotel rooms, restaurants and shops. An economic catalyst for our city and downtown. Sure the center is there for all of us but for it to meet it’s financial goals the focus must be on outside business.. Tom, I like you and I voted for you but please leave this one alone.

2015 years 10 months ago

Tomorrow, if you totally kill that nonsensical bill to regulate the Wilmington Convention Center (which quite frankly is none of the state’s business) it will be another wonderful day!

(BTW, do you realize how much I resent you for making me agree with Saffo?)

2015 years 10 months ago

Bill is already done for…it will be addressed next year…

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s a great day indeed. The voters asked for cuts and finally someone is working to make them happen, unlike tax & spend Bev.

2015 years 10 months ago

Yeah, so cripple public education and see how much prosperity you achieve. What a bunch of out-of-touch idiots.

2015 years 10 months ago

Well same old boys club, just new faces. Everybody is hurting at the State & local levels and here we go agian. Give the ABC manager a raise. Local taxpayers, vote out any commissioner that approves this raise. The product sells itself he does not sell it. The ABC board say’s it’s not your money they are using. You are dead wrong! It is our money you jerk!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Is the following report true about the State speaker Tillis, as reported in Star News, Opinion section — yesterday’s edition? If so, how does this match with a call for austerity across the NC budget??

excerpt from editorial:

Tillis, alleged harbinger of austere government, apparently doesn’t apply that same standard to the staff of assistants who do his bidding in the Legislative Building in Raleigh. The Mecklenburg County Republican wouldn’t budge when it came to finding enough money to prevent drastic cuts in education and medical assistance to the poor. But he managed to find enough money to give double-digit raises to his staffers, some of whom have been on the job only since January.

2015 years 10 months ago

…..cremated, and its ashes buried at sea.

2015 years 10 months ago

I hope some of these wise lawmakers will now volunteer in the classrooms that they have taken away from.


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