Chris Mackey, press secretary for Gov. Bev Perdue, released this response to the opinion by Attorney General Roy Cooper's office that she exceeded her authority in imposing a moratorium on new and increased ferry tolls:
“The Governor believes her executive order is both legal and right. The Governor issued her order because she doesn’t think it is right to collect ferry taxes from working families in eastern North Carolina.
“If the Republican leaders of the General Assembly are determined to collect the ferry tax, they can do it when they return to Raleigh in ten days. The Governor’s executive order clearly states that the General Assembly can vote to end the moratorium at any time.”