North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) has vetoed legislation that would have cut the state’s budget while allowing 37,000 laid off workers in the state to receive their final 20 weeks of federal unemployment insurance benefits.
Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly attached budget cuts to a bill maintaining the state’s eligibility for the federal Extended Benefits program last week. Perdue issued her veto threat on Saturday, after tornadoes smashed houses and killed 22 people throughout the state.
In the aftermath of the unemployment showdown, Perdue and state Republicans lobbed unkind press releases at each other.