Tuesday was the governor's deadline to veto or sign bills from the 2010 legislative session. The two schools were included in a list of budget vetoes.
At KSU, Perdue slashed $6.4 million for infrastructure improvements that were to alleviate traffic congestion in the Chastain Road/I-75 interchange and at the university.
"This project is more appropriately evaluated, programmed and funded through the Georgia Department of Transportation," Perdue said in his press release.
The line item for Clarkdale, which was destroyed in the flood last fall, would have funded 20 percent of the cost of reconstruction through the issuance of $2 million in bonds.
"This project was not vetted through the current Department of Education capital outlay process and was not requested by the agency," Perdue writes.
State Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) is far from pleased, and had harsh words for the governor, who was in Cuba on Tuesday to explore trade opportunities.
"The illegal Cuban cigars he's been smoking have done something to his brain cells," said Ehrhart, in reference to the "Cuban junket" Perdue is on this week, "marketing chickens to Castro."
Ehrhart said the KSU funding was to be the keystone that tied KSU's new athletic facilities together with its main campus.
State Rep. Don Parsons (R-east Cobb) said he could understand Perdue vetoing the items if there wasn't money for them. But Parsons said he didn't understand Perdue's reasoning for vetoing simply because they hadn't gone through various state agencies. The legislators in the General Assembly were elected to decide where state funding goes, Parsons said.
In an e-mail to the Journal, Cobb School District spokesman Doug Goodwin said the district is disappointed that Perdue vetoed $2 million that would have assisted with the construction of a new Clarkdale Elementary School.
"Despite the veto, the project to reconstruct Clarkdale will move forward and the children and community will have a new school building exactly as planned and on the same schedule," Goodwin said. "Unfortunately, the veto means additional SPLOST II funds must be designated for the Clarkdale project and, therefore, funding no longer will be available for a few additional construction projects we had hoped to complete using those funds."
Ehrhart accused Perdue of "breathtaking hypocrisy" in pushing for funding to build a new building at the UGA vet school so it could be named after him, a request that didn't go through the state Department of Education.
"Anything for him is OK," Ehrhart said regarding Perdue. "If it's Oaky Woods or any of those deals he does it's OK. Sonny Perdue is on the way out the door, thank goodness. He's a petty child. I don't have any other rational explanation for it. Cobb County does not kowtow to him, therefore he seeks revenge."
Ehrhart believes Perdue's antipathy to Cobb has to do with the fact that it is the home of former Gov. Roy Barnes.
"I think that's a lot of it. He can't see straight when it comes to Roy Barnes," Ehrhart said, adding that he intends to ensure that the UGA building is named after Barnes, not Perdue.