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Perdue gets down to business

Posted November 5, 2008

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— Hours after celebrating her historic win at the North Carolina polls, Governor-elect Beverly Perdue was shifting her focus Wednesday to taking over a state facing a growing budget deficit and agencies in need of reform.

The first woman to lead North Carolina, Perdue said she would draw on her legislative experience to work with the General Assembly on a budget next year that takes account of lower tax revenue in a sluggish economy. Fiscal analysts have said the budget deficit could grow as large as $2 billion by next year.

"I am not at all intimidated ... by challenges, tough decisions (and) standing up and making tough choices," she said. "I've done that."

A decade ago, she said, she was a chief budget-writer in the state Senate and had to work with former Gov. Jim Hunt to trim $85 million from the budget after Hurricane Floyd devastated much of eastern North Carolina.

Perdue said she knows that having a Democratic-controlled General Assembly doesn't guarantee her agenda will get approved.

"There will be some harsh confrontations ... but I know (the legislative process) from the inside and out," she said. "At the end of the day, you take the battle to the grassroots – to the communities of these folks that elect the General Assembly – if change becomes difficult.

"I am determined we are going to change North Carolina. We are going to transform the way this state does business," Perdue said.

Noting six women are on the Council of State, the body that includes the governor and the nine officials elected statewide, Perdue said she would like to see the state and nation move past an election that also saw the first African-American elected president.

"I'm so hopeful that all those conversations will be put on the back burner and Republicans and Democrats, women and men and racial issues and that we can come together," she said.

After a brutal Democratic primary battle against outgoing State Treasurer Richard Moore and Tuesday's victory over Republican Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, Perdue said she has no regrets about how she campaigned.

"All of the hard work, all of the challenges – the tough campaigns against two talented opponents – nothing was hard in terms of the end goal," she said. "Once again, we have shown that nobody can lock you out if you try hard to get in."

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  • Qwerty27807 Nov 6, 2008

    I for one WELCOME our new socialist overlords!

  • vote4changeASAP Nov 6, 2008

    Blueforever, those were the same idiots that voted a straight Democratic Party ticket.

  • BlueForever Nov 6, 2008

    I still cannot get over the shame and extreme disappointment in all the idiots who voted this woman in. How could you listen to the debate and vote for her? Oh, I forgot - few people even pay attention to debates and the issues!

  • pbjbeach Nov 6, 2008

    WILL BEV BE TRUE TO HER PREVIOUS MADE STATEMENT AN GET RID OF TIP-TOE TIPPETT AS THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CONSIDERING THE SCREW-UPS THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN PLAUGED WITH I PERSONNALY FEEL THAT SHE WOULD DEFINTELY BE JUSTIFIED IN DOING SO ( I-40 I-795 ) ARE BUT A FEW THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED LONG BEFORE NOW CLEAN UP THE DEPARTMENT AN STOP THE FALSE CLAIMS PAYMENTS AN THE CDORRUPTION AN CONTRATORS INFLUENCE PEDDLING THANK YOU

  • dogman1973 Nov 6, 2008

    Perdue gets down to business----in other words, tax and spending!!!

  • Igor Nov 6, 2008

    I am truly dissappointed that she will be our next governor...

  • ranquick Nov 6, 2008

    Well I guess I will be paying more taxes, as if the 37% I already pay the State and Fed is not enough.

  • canesplate0397 Nov 6, 2008

    All the state employees that voted for her don't need to come crying later on after she screws you over. If you think Mike Easly was bad for state employees, just wait for what she's got in store for you.

  • DrJ Nov 6, 2008

    All I can hope for at this point is Bev is not as corrupt as the rest of the Democrats in this state.

  • hywilson Nov 6, 2008

    I dont believe anyone who voted for "Bev" watched the first debate-She was awful! What a shame NC-I guess you guys like paying high taxes and funding rouge trips for out leaders.

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