Governor Bev Perdue ended the suspense on Sunday afternoon and vetoed the $19.7 billion budget put forth by the Republican-controlled legislature. Perdue told reporters:
“I will not put my name on a plan that so blatantly ignores the values of North Carolina’s people.”
Together NC, a coalition of 130-plus groups, praised Governor Perdue’s decision and called on lawmakers to sustain the veto. Here’s a portion of their press release:
“Gov. Perdue was also correct on two crucial points. First, the most devastating cuts could have been avoided simply by maintaining the penny sales tax. Simply preserving the revenue we have would make a huge difference to schools, health systems, and public safety in North Carolina. Second, Gov. Perdue is correct that the budget she favors would be better-suited to protect schools than the legislative budget she has vetoed today.”
To watch Gov. Perdue veto the budget bill click below. To read the text of her full statement, click here.