Governor Perdue Declines To Sign Last Bill Left On Desk

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue will let the final bill on her desk become law without her signature because she's concerned it tries to weaken her budget authority.

Perdue signed into law 108 bills approved by the Legislature after it adjourned in July. Perdue's office said Monday the governor won't veto the last bill but instead let it become law when the clock strikes midnight.

The measure allows University of North Carolina campuses to keep money they save from energy conservation programs. Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said the governor questions a sentence telling her she can't reduce budgeted university funds to cancel out the extra cash campuses save.

Pearson said Perdue will write legislative leaders on Tuesday asking them to consider deleting that sentence next year.

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