Legislature To Consider Easley's Veto Of Incentive Bill

The Legislature returns to Raleigh next week to consider Governor Mike Easley's veto of a bill to provide economic incentives for a tire plant in Fayetteville.

Easley vetoed a bill last week that targeted incentives for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant. He says the bill would allow Goodyear to cut some jobs at the plant and still get the economic incentives.

Goodyear spokesman Ed Markey says the company has increased its work force in Fayetteville and plans to increase its production schedule.

Three-fifths of House and Senate members present Monday would have to agree to override the veto so the bill could become law.

North Carolina's governor received veto power in 1997. Only eight vetoes have been issued since then, all by Easley. None has been overturned.