Gov. Bev Perdue today issued the following statement:
"I committed to reaching a bi-partisan consensus that will increase North Carolina's investment in our children's future, invest in critical job-creating priorities, and fill other important needs unmet by the budget the General Assembly passed last week.
"Today, we learned that, as a result of better-than-expected revenue, the state fiscal year will close out with an additional $117 million in over-collected revenue.
"I am committed to ensuring that a portion of this revenue source, along with other funds, be dedicated to schools, jobs, probation and parole officers and other urgent needs.
"I just spoke to Speaker Tillis and President Pro Tem Berger and asked them to work with me in a bi-partisan way to reach an agreement that will allow an amended budget to become law by July 1."