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Republicans override budget veto, Hackney says schools will have $190 million less (Audio)

The Republican-controlled House and Senate were successful in overriding Governor Perdue’s veto of the state budget Monday evening. It’s the second year in a row the majority has turned back the governor’s objections to their spending plan.

Republican Rep. Nelson Dollar described the legislature’s conference budget this way:

“This is a good horse. It may not be a thoroughbred, but it’s a good horse.”

Six Democrats –  Reps. Dewey Hill, James Crawford, Derren Jackson, William Brisson, Marcus Brandon, and Marian McLawhorn  – broke with their party to override the governor’s veto.

Other Democrats complained that the House was being bullied by Senators threatening to go home at the end of the evening, leaving in place even deeper cuts from last year’s budget.

House Minority Leader Joe Hackney told the chamber this budget would only serve to make the state less competitive moving forward, while forcing public schools across North Carolina to operate with $190 million less in FY2012-13 than they had in FY2011-12.

To hear Rep. Hackney’s remarks, click below:

4 Comments


  1. Nonanon

    July 3, 2012 at 5:34 am

    In that case, either blame the feds or come up with a way to make up the money.

    Welcome to global depression 2.0, and acrimonious contention for fiat dollars. It’s a sham and vanity of vanities.

    It’s enough to make one question how liberals are able to live with themselves. But then, so do child molesters, so it’s no surprise.

  2. david esmay

    July 3, 2012 at 8:38 am

    That is one of most asinine analogies I’ve heard from a con, one of many, but certainly one of the most ridiculous. The austere and ALEC inspired legislation, the blind ideological adherence to the Horse and Sparrow economic model does nothing but increase debt and deficits. There is no data, no historical precedent to support the con position, cutting spending and taxes has never, and will never create jobs. It is a myth perpetrated by the right. Cutting funds for education will put a drag on the state economy as fewer and fewer people will be afforded a quality education and ensure NC will have a permanent underclass which they can exploit. Never cut taxes on the wealthy or large corporations, contrary to the conservative lie, it only increases debt by reducing revenue, and leads to recession.

  3. gregflynn

    July 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

    It was Republicans in Congress who blocked the American Jobs Act that would have provided federal funds for those teachers.

  4. JeffS

    July 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    If you actually believe the lie that this is about money, there’s little hope for you.

    The people setting a worldwide austerity agenda know exactly what they’re doing and it has absolutely nothing to do with the financial health of individual countries, states or towns. Now, the NC legislature may not have a clue, but they’re just following instructions handed to them by others and following along like the sheep that they are. Sorry, with the exception of the time out they take to look after their personal interests and those of their local contributors.

    Live with ourselves indeed. I am sure that it is much easier to live with your head in the ground, or blindly believing the party line.

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