Governor Vetos Bill, Tens Of Thousands Losing Unemployment Benefits

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has vetoed legislation that would have kept unemployment benefits for about 37,000 long-term jobless workers but also forced her to accept a budget cut.

Perdue's vetoed the bill late Saturday after a news conference on the deadly tornadoes that swept through the state. She says the Republican measure irresponsibly hitched financial lifelines to a budget ploy.

House members met earlier in the day to force the Democratic governor's hand. Legislation extending the benefits for people out of work for up to 99 weeks included language requiring she accept a 13 percent cut as a starting point for budget negotiations.

Republican leaders said they were ensuring schools and agencies can count on funding if negotiations drag into the new budget year.

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