Saying "enough is enough," Gov. Bev Perdue today issued an executive order extending benefits for 47,000 unemployed North Carolinians, Charlotte Observer staff writer Jim Morrill reports.
Perdue and Republican legislative leaders have been at odds for weeks over the extension, which expired in April.
An extension is included in a $19.7 billion GOP-backed state budget passed this week by the Senate and expected to be approved tomorrow by the House.
"Republicans in the legislature stubbornly cling to their political games," Perdue said in a statement.
GOP legislative leaders plan a 1:30 p.m. news conference to answer Perdue.