A day after issuing her list of the Top 20 flaws in the state budget, Governor Bev Perdue announced Friday morning she would veto the legislature’s budget.
Perdue says the state budget is about values and priorities, and the Republican-crafted spending plan leaves many needs unmet.
She took the legislative leadership to task for leaving $336 million in tax breaks in the budget for lobbying firms, lawyers, and other wealthy businesses, while giving public schools $190 million less to work with in the coming year.
Perdue also criticized lawmakers for failing to fund compensation for victims of the state’s now defunct eugenics program.
The Governor told reporters her veto is intended to bring budget-writers back to the table to work toward a better spending plan in the remaining days of the short session.
This is the second straight year that Perdue has vetoed the General Assembly’s budget.