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Perdue Vetoes Anti-Incentives Bill; Decision Awaits On Challenge To Health Law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Bev. Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have curbed state economic development incentives. It's the first time Perdue has vetoed legislation approved by the new Republican legislative majority Perdue has said for weeks she doesn't like the bill because it would take money from a pair of economic incentive programs her office uses to recruit companies. More money heading for the Golden LEAF Foundation would be diverted. "The bill in its current form forces a one-time cash-grab from funds that are intended to create jobs and spur economic development. That's not the right move for North Carolina, where jobs simply must be our No. 1 priority," Perdue said in a prepared statement. Supporters frame the legislation (SB 13) as a budget-saving measure that would have collected about $540 million in savings from the current year budget and reserves. The bill now returns to the Legislature, where an override appears difficult. Three-fights of lawmakers are needed to override a veto. Perdue must decide whether to sign another controversial bill. The House approved Senate changes Tuesday to legislation that directs Attorney General Roy Cooper to the challenge the federal health care overhaul bill. Perdue has indicated she will likely let the bill become law without her signature. Perdue's office calls the bill a distraction and notes that a federal lawsuit challenging the law is already under way. The bill aims to block a provision requiring most people buy health insurance or face a penalty.