Perdue calls on legislature to “reach down deep” do more for schools

Governor Bev Perdue avoided saying she was leaning toward a veto of the General Assembly’s $20.2 Billion budget on Tuesday, choosing instead  to urge lawmakers to keep working on the state’s spending plan.

The compromise budget passed last week by the Republican-led legislature would leave schools with $189 million less next year than they currently have to educate 12,000 more kids.

Perdue told reporters while Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger rejected her initial request to find more money for education, she is hopeful they will earmark more funds in a supplemental budget bill before they adjourn.

“My message to them while they are in session, while they are working on another money bill, if they are, while they have three to four days to get legislation done, is to keep working for the kids of North Carolina,” said Perdue.

After Perdue’s brief press availability, Tillis and Berger issued the following joint statement:

“If Gov. Perdue truly cares about the best interests of North Carolina, she will sign this budget. From students attending public schools, to drivers filling up their tanks, to Medicaid patients recovering in our hospitals, every North Carolinian benefits from this budget. A veto would show that Gov. Perdue is more interested in playing politics than in budgeting responsibly.”

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8 Comments

  1. Alex

    June 27, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Perdue needs to reach down deep and cut some of the fat out of state government. What happened to all of the re-organization she was going to get done ? All talk !

  2. gregflynn

    June 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

    EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 85
    CONSOLIDATION AND REORGANIZATION OF EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF STATE GOVERNMENT

  3. Doug

    June 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Show me the savings !

  4. david esmay

    June 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Alex, aside from anti-marriage legislation, anti-choice legislation, legislation aimed at dismantling public schools, voter suppression, and giving huge tax breaks to corporations and millionaires, what has the NC GOTP leadership accomplished? Nothing, other than proving their party is lead by self-serving and lying men who do not belong in government.

  5. Alex

    June 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    David, I might ask you the same question about the last 25 years of Democratic control in this state- low national ranking in education, non-diversified economy, numerous government scandals, high state income taxes, highest gasoline tax in the Southeast, and the list goes on. Why didn’t the Dumbocrats provide eugenics compensation over the last 20 years if it was so important?

  6. Frank Burns

    June 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Alex, that’s a very good point. It might be because it was the Democrats who supported the eugenics program as it being a “progressive” idea for the government to be involved with.

  7. Jack

    June 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    And now the GOP has shown how uncaring they are toward eugenic survivors by denying them compensation.

    Of course when big business and the wealthy want their compensation for screwing up the economy and people’s lives they will get theirs.

  8. david esmay

    June 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Alex, there’s a lot of dismal baggage from the past, no doubt about it. Adding to it, doesn’t make it better.