For once, it’ll be a Republican lead agenda that shapes the fiscal direction in Raleigh. Whatever bill ends up being passed into law will be one the Republicans drafted, and built and approved. And it looks like Governor Purdue is making sure that the folks of North Carolina know that.
This past week a budget was passed by the Senate and then the House. In both houses, the republicans are able to pass virtually whatever legislation they want. The Senate has a super majority and the house only slightly less. Up until Sunday, the bill only needed Purdue’s signature to make the bill a law. Then on Sunday she vetoed it.
Raleigh, N.C. — Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the General Assembly’s $19.7 billion, two-year budget Sunday afternoon. After a reiteration of her belief that investment in education has been the hallmark of North Carolina’s success, Perdue said, “I will not put my name on a plan that so blatantly ignores the values that have built this great North Carolina.”
I’m guessing that this is all just Kabuki Theater. The republicans have learned from their past attempt at a budget and wrote the bill to gather enough Democrats in the house to over ride the veto; the senate has enough republicans as is. The governor knows this and had only to decide to support the bill or force the republicans to own it.
She choose the latter.
For better or for worse.