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Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is vetoing the Republican budget bill for the second year in a row.

Perdue announced her decision Friday on the budget adjustments for the coming year that’s been on her desk since last week. The Democrat had until Sunday evening to veto the bill, sign it or let it become law without her signature.

Perdue has complained for weeks about the $20 billion-plus plans approved by the GOP-led Legislature, saying they didn’t invest enough in the public schools. She spent this week trying to persuade lawmakers to find an additional $100 million to fund key areas, but GOP leaders declined.

The Legislature will attempt to override her veto next week. Lawmakers got help from five House Democrats to cancel her budget veto last year.

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  • edpro

    Its about choices.
    The republicans are anti-public education and want to use tax money to allow any student to go to private school or a for-profit charter.

    Perdue is just trying to stand on principle. A 1/4 cent tax increase would help jobs and affect very few, but politics prevents it. The. money is not “available” because the republicans have chosen to do other things with it.

  • SurfCityTom

    there is no money available unless other cuts are made.

    She and her predecessor borrowed billions from the Feds to keep Medicaid afloat. And now that bill is due and being paid.

    So, now, the Legislature must return to Raleigh to over ride her veto. It’s an election year; does she really think anyone standing for re-election will increase spending when the funds are not available?

    She’s probably McCrory’s biggest asset in his election efforts.

  • Guesteducated?

    Yes, I agree. It failed you, too.

  • SurfCityTom

    the government is repaying $143 MILLION to the feds as interest on the billions borowed during the Easley and Perdue administrations to keep the Medicaid albatross afloat. And that is each year for the next 4 years at which time principal repayments commence as well.

    It’s about choices alright. And she and Easley made them.

  • Guesteducated

    Government should not be in the business of education anyways.

  • Guest2020

    Bev doesn’t know the word “principle” exists, much less know the meaning of it.

  • SusanK6461

    It’s the right thing to do. Not that the Republicans seem to care much about that. Or the DINOs who apparently still wave that flag because their parents or grandparents were registered Dems. The party has changed, candidates’ positions SHOULD be consistent with the party platforms. I won’t say I’m happy with the Democrats these days, but much of it has to do with the fact that there are those who contradict the issues established as important by the party.

  • robo

    Perdue is once again trying to emulate President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi’s attitudes. She wants to do as much damage as possible on her way out of office.

  • Guest_For_A_Day

    A female Democrat, did you actually expect her to do the right thing?? Of course not, everyone is entitled to have more for less. Balance the budget, of course not, spend more money we don’t have.

    You all make me sick! Get a job, earn a living, and donate to the charities that make sense for your beliefs.

    Are you so stupid that you don’t see what is happening in Europe? How about here in the USA, Stockton CA just filed bankruptcy. They listened to Nancy BlowsMe and look what happened. It’s coming your way people. It is just a matter of time.

  • ChefnSurf

    WikipediA: “In February 2009, to reduce a budget shortfall, Gov. Perdue withheld approximately $88 million to fill shortfalls in the North Carolina budget.[4] Perdue emptied the $50 million lottery reserve, also withholding $38 million allocated for a school construction budget in direct conflict with the mandate of the NCEL.[5] This controversial move by the Governor prompted North Carolina lawmakers on March 10, 2009 to propose a name change to the NCEL, to remove “Education” from its name.”

    Y’know, that just doesn’t sound like someone who’s really all that interested in education. Sounds more like the usual tax and spend crap. Take the money allocated for education, then raise taxes to make up for the “education” shortfall. A quick and dirty way to finance other projects without taxpayer approval.

    She’s been caught with her hand in the taxpayer’s cookie jar far too many times.


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