GARY D. ROBERTSON
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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