North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) released the following statement tonight after the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of House Bill 950, which modifies the state budget. It was the tenth time since January of 2011 that a majority in the House has voted to override a gubernatorial veto. The Senate is also expected to override the veto, which will allow the budget to become law over the objections of the Governor.
“For the second year in a row, Republicans and Democrats in the House have voted together in a bipartisan manner to pass a common-sense budget over the partisan objections of the Governor. This budget builds on the fiscally conservative foundation of last year’s budget, but restores funding in critical areas. Our budget provides more than $250 million in additional funds to public education, including a 1.2% pay raise for teachers. It addresses funding problems in the Medicaid system, cuts and caps the gas tax, provides state employees with a pay raise, and gives retirees a cost-of-living increase. It accomplishes all of this without incurring debt or raising taxes. I am proud of the bipartisan majority who stood together to override the veto, and for the second time in two years, we have passed a budget that will benefit every North Carolinian.” – Thom Tillis