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For now, Perdue won't discuss plans on budget bill


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue is asking Republican legislative leaders to try harder to find more money for public education after she says their budget bill falls short.

But Perdue didn't tell reporters Tuesday at a news conference whether she would veto the $20.2 billion spending plan for next year if GOP leaders don't find extra funds for the schools.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis wrote to Perdue earlier Tuesday saying there isn't consensus in the Legislature on changes she recommended to them last week.

Perdue has until Sunday night to sign the bill into law, veto it or let it become law without her signature. She vetoed the two-year budget last year, but the Legislature overrode it.

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I was in Raleigh

a fair portion of the past 3 weeks. The feeling is she would prove her political naitivity were she to veto the budget; and she would help her de facto son, Walter Dalton, fall even further in the polls.

The reality is there is only so much in the pot to ladle out to all of the state agencies. And a significant portion gets paid to the Feds for debt service on all the money she and her predecessor borrowed to keep Medicaid afloat.

Every time she speaks she helps future Governor McCrory's electoral prospects.

Perdue will not be able to provide an answer to this question ..

... until Madame Za Za, her consultant on the Psychic Hotline, returns Perdue's call.