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House speaker meets with governor, apologizes

  May 8, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) - There are signs of a thaw in a dispute between House Speaker Glenn Richardson and Governor Perdue. The two met Monday for the first time since Perdue vetoed the mid-year 2007 budget, which contained a $142 million tax cut being pushed by House leaders.

At the time, an irate Richardson accused Perdue of showing lawmakers his "backside" and "acting like a child." But a spokeswoman for Richardson says he apologized to the governor for those remarks and they discussed the best way to resolve differences over the budget without a special session.

Perdue vetoed the $700 million supplemental budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30th. He said it shortchanged critical state programs and would lead to prosecutors, public defenders and adult literacy teachers being furloughed.