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Perdue left with no choice but to veto unemployment bill

Posted By Rob Schofield On April 16, 2011 @ 11:46 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Veto-2011 [1]News reports this morning confirm what we’ve known for the last couple of days: Governor Perdue will veto House Bill 383 [2] today — the bill advanced by legislative Republicans in an effort to use 37,000 unemployed workers and their insurance benefits as a bargaining chip [3] 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 [4] 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.

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[1] Image: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2011/03/03/a-bill-ripe-for-gubernatorial-veto/

[2] House Bill 383: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&BillID=h383

[3] use 37,000 unemployed workers and their insurance benefits as a bargaining chip: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2011/04/15/holding-the-unemployed-hostage/

[4] a clean unemployment extension bill: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H676v1.pdf

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