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.