Items from across the Triad and beyond
DEMOCRATS [HEART] SPENDING; REPUBLICANS HATE ON IT
Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue sent a piece of legislation back to Republican-controlled General Assembly over the weekend in display of political brinksmanship. Perdue wrote in her veto message for House Bill 383, entitled “An Act to Protect Unemployment Benefits and Prevent Any Shutdown of State Government” that the legislation “irresponsibly took the financial lifelines for 37,000 North Carolina citizens and families and hitched to them a budget ploy that will wreck the lives of millions more.” She added, “The General Assembly’s leadership needs to quickly send me a bill that will aid our fellow North Carolinians, free of these antics, and I will sign it.”
Before the governor had even pulled out her veto pen, Republican Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham, Guilford) had already summoned the requisite anticipatory outrage. “Republicans voted to extend unemployment benefits and prevent a government shutdown, but the governor is too addicted to state spending to support either of those efforts,” he said in a prepared statement. “She should be ashamed of herself.”
CONGRESSMAN HOLDS SENIORS TOWN HALL MEETINGS
US Rep. Mel Watt, the Democrat who represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District, will hold seniors town hall meetings in the Triad this week. The congressman will be at Goler CDC Family Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem, located at 620 Patterson Ave., on Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and at the Roy B. Culler Jr. Senior Center in High Point, located at 600 N. Hamilton St., from 1:30 to 3 p.m.