(Rocky Mount Telegram) Whose definition of bipartisanship will North Carolina voters believe as they decide in November whether the Legislature should remain in Republican hands after a contentious two-year session?
This year’s General Assembly’s budget-adjustment term ended this past week after GOP leaders persuaded a handful of Democrats to help override three vetoes by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, including the budget bill for the second year in a row.
According to Perdue and fellow Democrats, bipartisanship means Republicans should have worked with the governor to give her $100 million she sought for the $20.2 billion spending plan so more public education cuts could be restored. Republican lawmakers didn’t accept her suggestions.
The governor “tried repeatedly to reach a bipartisan compromise to invest additional resources in North Carolina schools, but Republican leaders chose confrontation over compromise,” Perdue press secretary Chris Mackey said Friday.
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