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General Assembly overrides budget veto

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RALEIGH – The General Assembly voted to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of its state spending plan proposal Monday night.

The governor sent the bill back to the legislature last week, saying she does not believe it does enough to help out in the area of education as well as other areas of state spending.

In the House, the Republican leadership needed several Democrats to vote with them in order to override the veto. Some said they joined in the effort because they believed it was the best budget GOP leaders were willing to make.

“I don't think the budget last year was a great budget and I don't think this one is much better, but the alternative is that the layoffs will begin tomorrow, because the Senate, the House and the governor have spent the last three or four weeks playing chicken,” said Rep. Darren Jackson, D-Wake.

This budget proposal will now become law.

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