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Perdue vetoes budget, says it moves NC backward

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed the state budget proposal. It makes her the first North Carolina governor ever to veto a spending plan passed by the General Assembly.

The Democrat rejected the nearly $20 billion budget plan Sunday. She said it moves North Carolina backward, particularly in public education. She also said the plan will hurt the environment and cut health care for the needy.

The bill can still become law. Republicans in the House and Senate say they have enough votes to override her veto. Five House Democrats joined GOP lawmakers when the budget bill got final approval last weekend.

"The same governor who claims to champion job creation and public education has vetoed a bipartisan budget that does more for both causes than her own proposal," Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said in a statement. "The only explanation for this veto and her statewide media campaign is that the governor believes it is more important to energize her liberal base than to govern responsibly. By placing politics ahead of the public interest, she engages in obstruction of the worst kind, and we will act quickly to move North Carolina forward."

North Carolina governors have vetoed 15 bills since receiving the power in 1997, but one has never rejected the budget plan.

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