NC GOP Lawmakers Perturbed By Governor's Actions

Executive and legislative branches in North Carolina have clashed for years over the balance between the governor's authority to manage state government and the requirement that the General Assembly's laws get carried out.

The latest verbal scuffles have a twist because outgoing Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue is pressing a Republican-led Legislature over the budget bill she vetoed last June. It became law anyway with an override -- a first in state history.

Perdue signed an executive order to delay by one year the collection of new and higher ferry tolls. The budget directed the fares be implemented starting in April, but Perdue said she has the option not to collect them.

Perdue also has said she'll shift federal funds for child-care subsidies to enroll more children in a state preschool program.


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  • by Skeeter Location: Raleigh, NC on Mar 12, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    I though the Governor took a oath to uphold (obey) the laws of North Carolina!!!! How can she pick and choose which ones to obey? I thing the Budget was passed as a state statue, so is she breaking the law? Wonder what the Attorney General has to say about this? Will it take the legislature suing the Governor to get her to obey all laws? Is she trying to prove that she is not "a lame duck" governor?
  • by rapper Location: snow hill on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM
    chill out GOPers,take your meds and get more rest.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM in reply to rapper
      Sure thing, as soon as you Libs quit trying to ruin this country.
  • by Old Man in reply to Anonymous Location: Snow Hill on Mar 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM
    After 30 years of service it is 100%. What they have taken out of their check does not even come close to covering the actual cost of insurance, not to count the retirement check.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    everyone else is perturbed with the governor. I think she has a plan to get a high paying job at the GTP (good to perdue) when she finishes her tour as governor. Just connect the dots with the DOT head Gene Conti. He was head of the GTP then appointed by the gov to head the DOT and now they are building four lanes and railroads to the empty fields in Kinston. Just watch and see.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    the PEOPLE had ENOUGH of democrats, elected Americans, and so the governor does her best to interfere. Typical democrat.
  • by Old Man Location: Snow Hill on Mar 12, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    In years to come, when 2/3 of our citizens work for the state and the other 1/3 in on welfare, how are we going to pay everyone? SEANC is taking us down a dark path.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM in reply to Old Man
      So you think in years to come there won't be any corporations or private business left?
  • by Old Man Location: Snow Hill on Mar 12, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    State workers have not had a raise lately, but where in the private sector can you retire with 100% of your salary, plus your insurance paid for the rest of your life? I think there are about 65,000 on the Payroll. We can't keep doing that.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 09:30 AM in reply to Old Man
      Its not 100% of their salary and money is taken out of their checks every month that they work to fund that.
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      by US-First on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM in reply to Old Man
      What a moronic comment. This is the type of rhetoric that flares tempers in the ignorant. You don't really believe state employees retire with 100% salary and free insurance do you? Perhaps you mean Congress. Most NC state employees are forced to pay into a very conservatively managed retirement system others are forced to pay into a slightly more self directed 401K retirement system. The only pay following retirement for state employees is a fixed income from these accounts and what ever is allowed from SS. Non-state employees have the option of forcing themselves to put away part of their income into a retirement account. One that potentially can vastly outperform anything available to state employees. Get a clue.
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        by To Old Man & US-First on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM in reply to US-First
        That isn't true of Congress either! Congress members are vested in 5 years. They are eligible to draw retirement at 52 and it is based on years served, just like most retirement. They do NOT receive salaries once out of office-this is a right-wing, web LIE!
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          by US-First on Mar 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM in reply to To Old Man & US-First
          I know... That was my point. To show how silly just spouting nonsense looks.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Mar 12, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    Folks just need to sit back and watch the system work. Be amazed that you have such a system of government checks and balances. The legislature has a republican majority but that does not mean it is absent democrats and last I checked about 50% of them were on board with the finial budget proposal that overrode the governors veto. Now the gov uses her executive powers before leaving office to undermine previsions in the budget that she did not agree with. Just a tantrum she is having as usual when she doesn't get what she wants how she wants it. Very much like Princess Pelosi. Let the courts figure it all out and just sit back and be amazed!
  • by Russ on Mar 12, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    Where does the Attorney General fit in? Then again he hasn't done anything about the crime in government so far.
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      by Beachbum3 on Mar 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM in reply to Russ
      the attorney generals office in this state is refusing to prosecute the contracting enitys in this state that do buinsess an receive taxpayers payments fom the NCDOT over the issues of fraud waste an abuseive practices tha are being allowed to occur on a daily basea from within the ncdot for over payment an unjustifiably payment that are being made to contracting enity for their performance of bad non*specficaiton work that is leaving the taxpayer left holding the perverberial bag so to speake with have to replce these lost fund to the reveune department all becaus eof the current existing degerulatory atmosphere that exist within the current state legisture that has closed a blind eye to the waste fraud an absive practices with the NCDOT WITH REGARDS TO PAYMENT THAT ARE HANDED OUT TO CONTRACTING ENITYS NEARLY ON A DAILY BASES THANK YOU
  • by Randy Location: East of I95 on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM
    Two realities, 1 State workers can't continue to get raises and increase in department size when there isn't the income to pay for it without bankrupting the rest of us. 2 Basnight (don't remember the spelling) is gone. The gravy train the outerbanks got while he was in power is going away get used to it.
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      by David on Mar 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM in reply to Randy
      I am a state worked and I can't remember the last time I got a raise thank you very much.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM in reply to Randy
      Departments are being cut and the state employees haven't had a raise in years. And see the thing is, taxing the rich more isn't going to bankrupt you, because A. you're not rich, and B. taking another 4% isn't going to bankrupt them.
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