“I am looking forward to signing this budget tomorrow – on schedule for the first time in seven years,” Perdue said.
That comes as no surprise. I saw her budget director, Charlie Perusse, pass through the Legislative Building halls yesterday as budget negotiations were finalized. I asked if “ya’ll were happy,” referring to the Perdue administration. He nodded affirmatively.
“In April I laid out the priorities for the state that are necessary in this economic climate – jobs, jobs and more jobs,” Perdue said in her statement. “Along with critical investiments in edication and in initiatives to set government straight and ensure healthier and safer communities, this became the mantra for budget discussions.”
Perdue continued, “As it stands after today’s vote, this budget is a clear win for the people of North Carolina. We took big cuts and made hard choices, but by tomorrow we will have balanced the budget with out priorities intact. Most importantly, North Carolina will be positioned to fully recover from this global economic recession.”