The General Assembly has passed a $20-billion spending plan that includes pay raises for state employees and education funding that replaces federal funding that will lapse next fiscal year.

Gov. Bev Perdue said Tuesday the spending plan does not include enough funding for public education and urged House and Senate leaders to keep working to find more money for public education, while she mulls vetoing the bill.

Here’s the thing: This $20-billion plan is just making tweaks to the two-year spending plan the General Assembly already passed last year. Come July 1, when the new fiscal year starts, that plan could still be in place, without any changes.

Perdue has 10 days to either sign the bill, veto it, or let it pass into law without her approval.

So what happens if Perdue decides to veto the bill? Here are a few scenarios:

– The General Assembly could override the veto. In the House they need 72 votes to do that, if all 120 members are present for the vote. That would include all Republican House members, plus four Democrats joining the Republicans. In the Senate, the GOP has a super-majority, so a veto override could sail through easily.

– The General Assembly could pass a “just-in-case” budget plan that the Senate is currently working on. That plan would leave the current spending plan in place, without employee raises, new education funding or cost-of-living adjustments for seniors.

– The General Assembly could adjourn, go home, and leave the current spending plan in place.

If the current spending plan stays in place, then public education would lose federal stimulus funding and wouldn’t get state money to replace it.

School systems would have to adjust their budget, possibly leading to more cuts and layoffs.