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Governor, Senate at Odds Over New Budget Power PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Monday, 07 February 2011 06:49

The North Carolina Senate is expected to give final approval today to a measure that gives the governor the authority to cut an additional $400 million from the current state budget. But the governor is apparently opposed to the measure—and the new power she would be given. The Republican-backed measure also transfers nearly $140 million in unspent money from some 20 state trust funds. Co-sponsor Senator Richard Stevens says it's part of a plan to find up to $1 billion to put towards next year's $3.7 billion budget gap. Senate President Phil Berger says he never received feedback from Governor Bev Perdue suggesting that she would oppose the legislation, saying "The first objection that I heard was the statement from her press secretary." Governor Perdue released a statement that “The proposed cuts to North Carolina’s jobs and economic development funds will damage our ability to recruit new jobs and to expand existing businesses in the state. Other Southern states, notably Virginia, have called for an increase in similar funds so they can take our jobs away.” She went on, “I am truly surprised that Senate leadership is considering taking North Carolina’s jobs money as a way to balance the budget...If we don’t win those projects, those jobs go somewhere else. It’s that simple.”

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