Perdue reacts to overturned vetoes

Beverly Perdue

July 27, 2011 10:32:24 AM PDT
Governor Bev Perdue says budget cuts in education and other legislation will set the state back.The governor's message is one North Carolina residents have heard before. On Wednesday while speaking to a group of Baptist women at the Raleigh Convention Center, Perdue mostly pointed to changes in education, but she also mentioned issues such as redistricting and picture IDs at the polls.

The governor noted that she has attempted to veto a number of bills, only to have them overturned by the General Assembly.

"I wish that they had been sustained obviously, because I believe the people of North Carolina don't have a clue about the effects of some of these pieces of legislation.

Perdue says the Republican led General Assembly has taken a page out of the national playbook, with similar issues arising in other states.

"For so long, North Carolina has been grounded and the General Assembly and the governor have been able to work together for the good of the people and the future of the people and it seems like now that partisan politics is part of the decision," Perdue said.

As for the debt crisis on the national stage, Perdue says she is hopeful it will come to a resolution soon, but warns that it could be disastrous for North Carolina.

"This would be really, really hard for North Carolina," she said. "We don't have the cash balance to pick up all of the Medicaid costs that would be deferred by the federal government."

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