By GARY D. ROBERTSON
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be troubled by efforts in North Carolina to require photo identification to vote and by education spending reductions.
Perdue made the pointed comments Friday at the annual state employees' observance of the King holiday at a church next door to her old Capitol office in downtown Raleigh.
While the Democratic governor said later her words were directed to the entire state, it's Republicans whom she's criticized in recent months for sending her a voter ID bill and a budget that cut state public school spending by $459 million. She vetoed both bills, and the Legislature overrode the budget veto.
Several hundred people attended the program. The featured speaker was James Joseph, a former US ambassador to South Africa.
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