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GOP legislators say Perdue can’t take $100M

RALEIGH — Republican legislators say Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue is threatening the prompt return of income tax refunds to North Carolina residents by borrowing money in a way that violates the state constitution.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis said today that Perdue’s plan to take $491 million from pots of money and state agencies is flawed. They point specifically to the $100 million collected from unemployment taxes and sitting in reserve. The General Assembly’s bill drafting director says in a memo she can’t take the unemployment money without legislative permission.

Perdue defended the plan and calls it a cash-management tool.

Berger said the Senate will try later today to override a budget savings bill she vetoed to give her another option to find money.

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