Today is historic for the legislature's override of Gov. Bev Perdue's budget veto.
Republicans are cheering; most Democrats, glum.
Together N.C., a coalition of groups that doesn't like the budget, decided to greet the day with satire.
The group threw what it billed as a farewell party for North Carolina's progress. Organizers served cake and lemonade on the lawn outside the Legislative Office Building, handed out pink slips as party favors, and invited guests to sign a big farewell card saying what they were going to miss about the North Carolina they knew.
"Good bye mental health services," said one entry.
"You will be missed NC! Keep in touch?" said another.
Rob Thompson and Louisa Warren, Together NC coordinators, sent a letter to the South Carolina House of Representatives apologizing for a video they made earlier this year poking fun at North Carolina's neighbor.
With the new budget, North Carolina falls below South Carolina in per pupil spending, their letter noted.
"Well, as it turns out, the joke is on us," they wrote.