Perdue left with no choice but to veto unemployment bill
News reports this morning confirm what we’ve known for the last couple of days: Governor Perdue will veto House Bill 383 today — the bill advanced by legislative Republicans in an effort to use 37,000 unemployed workers and their insurance benefits as a bargaining chip to force the Perdue to agree to overall GOP budget targets for the fiscal year that begins in six weeks.
It was a cheap and pointless maneuver to which Republicans knew from the start the Governor would never agree.
Fortunately, if they want to, legislative leaders can still pass a clean unemployment extension bill and have it on Perdue’s desk as early as Monday night. At this point, it only remains to be seen whether the Republicans will persist with their Wisconsin-like tactics of political brinkmanship or get back to the business of actual governing.