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Brisson, Hill set to join Republicans to override Perdue's budget veto

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Republicans in the General Assembly will need some help from across the aisle to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of the state budget, and it looks like the House may already have half the votes it needs from our area alone.

Rep. William Brisson, a Democrat who represents Bladen and Cumberland Counties, says he will vote to override Perdue's budget veto for a second year in row.

"I was hoping she wouldn't veto it," Brisson said of Perdue. "I was hoping she would let it pass without signing it."

Rep. Dewey Hill of Columbus County says it is also likely he will cross the aisle to support an override. Republicans need five Democrats to join them. Hill says if they can get the other four, he will be the fifth.

Hill and Brisson say the budget plan, which added money for education, Medicaid, mental health and teacher and state employee raises, is a lot better than the alternative, written last year, that the state would be stuck with if the veto stands.

"I think this is the best we could do given the revenue we had," Hill said.

Hill is retiring after this session, so he's not worried about the political fallout of voting against his party again. Neither is Brisson, who is up for reelection in November.

"It's about the people with me," Brisson said. "I represent all the people. I don't guess all the Democrats are happy, but the Republicans are the majority. Just to vote no on everything they do would be easy, but then I don't know why I'd be up there (in Raleigh)."

Hill says he's not sure what the governor is trying to accomplish.

"Sometimes I wonder about her advisors," Hill said.

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Party Lines

Why is it that everything has to be "party lines"?
Everytime an elected officals votes with the "other" party, they are "crossing party lines" and people with their party get mad about it.
Why can't people understand that neither party is always right nor always wrong and it isn't crossing party lines but maybe just doing what is right for the people.
People are elected to hopefully do what is right for the citizens and believe me that means sometimes voting "across lines".
I ask all of you people who get upset about officals voting what they believe is right without reguard to party lines this one question..................If Jesus was here today (I know he is, but you know what I mean) and he belonged to the "other" party, would you think he was wrong?
I thank these officals for having the guts to vote for what they believe is the best for the citizens. We need more like them in office.