The controversy over saving unspent economic development funds is headed for a showdown.
A few hours before the House debates a GOP budget -savings bill, state Democrats held a news conference to oppose a plan to take Golden LEAF Foundation, One North Carolina, and JDIG money and put it into savings for next year.
The Republicans have a bill that would sweep about $140 million in unspent money from about 20 state accounts, including economic development accounts. The GOP is aiming to capture unspent money to help fill next year's projected $3.7 billion budget hole.
The Perdue administration opposes taking these funds, saying they are essential to attracting business to the state. Republicans maintain the money to be put into savings is a fraction of the amount available in those accounts.
Democrats joined to back Perdue's position, saying the bill will kill job creation.
The bill is "throwing up this road block by raiding some of the very funds set up to increase jobs and grow the economy in this great state," said Rep. Edith Warren of Farmville.