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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  • by Justice on Aug 9, 2010 at 10:40 PM
    All the schools/colleges ask for way more than they get, thats the game, you bid high, and hope to get more than you need to get by with. If every agency got everything they wanted, our taxes would be tens of times what it is. All said, taxes gets half or more of what everyone has now except for the freeloaders who live off others hard work.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Aug 9, 2010 at 09:36 PM
    Many of you are missing the point and obviously have not worked for a state college or university. Giving the money back does not send it to the tax payers. Ask yourself where you want government to spend the savings? If not education then where? If it is given back, it is spent on pork and BS. Universities would role it into the next budget year and not have to ask the general assembly for more funds. Sending back the savings from a green institution would then see those savings spread out to all institutions including even those who have not invested in the green technology. The investment at the green institutions has to be paid for using the savings. Universities simply want their green initiatives to remain self sustainable and funded.
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Aug 9, 2010 at 08:53 PM
    right on wtf! i am so tired of these political hacks high up on their hill playing with our hard earned money. im sick of our state witch i love so dear taxing us to death. didnt we seperate ourselves from england for the same reasons? with that being said i agree with justice. our hard earned money should be spent wisely not just shuffled around in some use it or loose it money game!!! get back to the basics....a penny saved is a penny earned ms. perdue!
  • by Justice on Aug 9, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    To Anon, Energy conservation should be practiced anyway, and money saved by those measures is not a reward to be used for whatever they choose, its saving taxpayers money within their program, thus should be returned to the state or deducted from the following years budget.If your child shows you a picture of a specific $5000 car, you give them $5000 for it, and then they come home with a $500 different car, I guess you approve of them partying with the rest. Or if your college child withdraws 2000 a month for living expenses from a budgeted college account, but only spends 500 on those items, you would think its ok to party on the 1500. Any budget for any agency are based on estimates, any left over should be returned, and they should not be able to FIND a place to spend it outside of the line item budget. This is a BAD bill and will promote dishonesty.
  • by Allen Location: Washington on Aug 9, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    One of the best governors we've had in this state. God bless Ms. Perdue.
  • by WTF on Aug 9, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    It was the state's money to start with - If not spent, I don't care how it was saved, it needs to go back to the state or reduce the current funding by the same amount. No wonder taxes are so darn high and the state is going broke. I guess if you are a rich spoiled brat who went to one of these schools you think they should keep it. Then they could spend it on some liberal professors salary or even the football or basketball team. Go Team!! Go Broke State of NC!!
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Aug 9, 2010 at 07:04 AM
    BULLSEYE ANON!!! That was my point exactly. I just failed to clarify properly. Thanks!
  • by Anon Location: Gville on Aug 9, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    To Justice: As it clearly states in the article, it is money saved by energy conservation measures, not "leftover" taxpayer money. If you give an allowance to your child, and he/she buys something on sale, do they have to give the difference between the sale price and the regular price back to you?
  • by Justice on Aug 9, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    First to Boats at 8;12, its not "someone" who has saved money, its a goverment agency which has LEFTOVER taxpayer money after their job discription has been "completed" for the fiscal year. AND no, it should not be KEPT, it's NOT their MONEY. Goverment control over these agencies, start with control of the money first. This is a bad bill.
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Aug 9, 2010 at 05:12 AM
    This one is going to gall her to sign. Imigine, the very idea of the government letting someone actually KEEP the money they save. why, that goes against the very premise of a socialistic government.
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