Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the N.C. state budget today. From the tone of her press conference she may not think very much of you, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee. Mississippi? North Carolina Democrats are constantly saying, let's don't be like Mississippi.
"For generations, we North Carolinians have distinguished ourselves from other southern states as a place of opportunity, and a place that understands the value of investing in our people.Some of that is from the governor's statement, some from her q&a period. North Carolina's brand came up twice.
Education has been our hallmark – the one area that set us apart from our neighbors and it's propelled our economic success. ...
By extending less than a penny of your sales tax, North Carolina could have avoided these severe cuts. ... I believe (legislators) chose to risk our children's future and our state's brand, around the country and the world, for less than a penny. ...
Folks are saying, quite simply, this is North Carolina, what in the world is going on? That's generational damage. This kind of discussion about North Carolina, who we are as a people, will last long after this budget."
Full emailed statements from Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger and Speaker of the House Thom Tills are below. They've both talked this session about bringing North Carolina taxes in line with its southern neighbors, emulating solid GOP states, to a certain extent.
“We’re disappointed in the Governor’s veto today. Gov. Perdue has had access to this budget for almost two weeks, and she should have made this decision days ago to help provide certainty to counties and school boards across the state. She has shown no leadership on this issue and no willingness to work with the legislature, choosing instead to veto a budget that protects education and creates jobs. We look forward to overriding the Governor’s last-minute veto very soon.”Sen. Berger:
“The same governor who claims to champion job creation and public education has vetoed a bipartisan budget that does more for both causes than her own proposal. The only explanation for this veto and her statewide media campaign is that the governor believes it is more important to energize her liberal base than to govern responsibly. By placing politics ahead of the public interest, she engages in obstruction of the worst kind, and we will act quickly to move North Carolina forward.”