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Perdue: Less stimulus money means more budget cuts

Posted February 20, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— After meeting with U.S. mayors on Friday, President Barack Obama plans to meet with governors on Monday to discuss the federal stimulus package.

The meeting comes during a gathering of the National Governors Association. North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to talk with Obama about the state's financial needs during the meeting.

When Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus into law this week, Perdue expressed disappointment that North Carolina wouldn't get more than about $6.1 billion of the package.

Gov. Beverly Perdue during a trip to Virginia to speak on Feb. 6 Perdue, Obama to meet on stimulus package

She previously met with members of North Carolina's congressional delegation and other members of Congress to press for passage of the stimulus package, saying the state needs the federal money to create jobs and to help erase a $2 billion budget deficit.

Less stimulus money means more budget cuts, she said Friday during a meeting with nonprofit organizations at the McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University campus.

"There are holes (in the budget) I thought I wouldn't have to plug," she said. "It's hard for me ... but again, we'll do what's right. We won't eat our seed corn. We'll keep investing in our future – in schools, in job creation, in job protection. We'll do it right.."

The economic picture is grim, Perdue said, citing record unemployment and declining tax revenue.

"The numbers continue to erode ... I continue to see job closings every week," she said. "(It's) painful – painful for the people of North Carolina."

Perdue last month ordered state agencies to cut spending by 7 percent and said a quick review of the state budget showed her where $1 billion could be cut.

She said Friday that she hopes to have a list of proposed cuts put together by Monday, but she said she has no plans to lay off state workers until all other options are explored.

"I refuse to consider, first off, furloughing or cutting people's jobs until I see some real cuts within the agencies," she said. "Both could happen, (but) furloughs are the last things on my list."


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  • time4change Feb 20, 2009

    JUST SAY NO!! Don't take the money Beverly!!! JUST SAY NO!!!!

    Obama talked today about holding local gov'ts accountable for their spending of the stimulus money and shaming them if they are not responsible. He should be at the front of the "line of shame" and should be declared the poster child for irresponsible pork spending. Beverly - if you are strong- you too could be the poster child that you aspire to be!! But instead of soliciting to be the poster child for being the BEST SPENDER of taxpayer's money, maybe you could be the first Democrat to do the right thing and NOT SPEND our money!! Don't rob the financially responsible to subsidize the irresponsible in this nation! Be strong Beverly!

  • workingforthosethatwont Feb 20, 2009

    You don't understand, she's just another politician with her own agenda and it will not benefit you or I. It's all about telling us what's good for us but not applying it to her own house.

  • PeaceOut2017 Feb 20, 2009

    "The governor needs to have a video conference with the President so that it will save the taxpayers the expense of flying her to DC and her added expenses of being out of town."

    ...or just take cab to Durham and hook it up after the mayor is done http://www.wral.com/news/political/story/4578966/

  • jhorn74 Feb 20, 2009

    The governor needs to have a video conference with the President so that it will save the taxpayers the expense of flying her to DC and her added expenses of being out of town. Businesses are doing this all the time to save money, time for the government to set the example for others.

  • affirmativediversity Feb 20, 2009

    Bev show some courage and say NO to it ALL...then pass the "tax savings" on to the TAX PAYER OF NORTH CAROLINA!

    Especially DO NOT TAKE ANY MEDICAID MONEY...and then REFUSE TO EXPAND MEDICAID...tell the federal government that the PEOPLE of NORTH CAROLINA can't afford SOCIALIZE HEALTH CARE!

    next...CUT ALL funding to ANY and ALL programs for ILLEGAL MIGRANTS...ALL OF IT...from spanish translation to LA RAZA or EL PUEBLO...all of it

    NEXT, GET A GRIP OF THE DOT...why are we building huge multi lane intersections TO NOWHERE in Fayetteville when state Hwy 211 remains only 2 lanes and people are dying on it almost monthly?


    most importantly

    SUPPORT AND ACTIVELY SEEK OFF SHORE DRILLING for oil and natural gas! (start looking for NEW forms of revenue that don't include HIGHER TAXES).

    Legalize CASINO's and then TAX THOSE!!!!!

  • whatusay Feb 20, 2009

    Perdue and legislators are in charge of the budget. What would happen if NC did not receive any stimulus? Act responsibly and balance the budget every year. I promise I could make the right decisions and cuts if I were in charge. Anytime there is a deficit it just shows the incompetence of elected officials.

  • mbyerly Feb 20, 2009

    Like others have commented, after the deficit is handled, NC will still have the remaining $4B to waste, so why all the whining? I guess Bev wanted more money to play with. Personally, I never expected NC to receive anything over $10B. What I would like to know is how did NY 'wheel & deal' their way into almost $25B over the next two years??? Who is it going to be spent on? I thought all the New Yorkers were down here....
    And no, I'm not 'hating' on Yankees or transplants. I myself moved here from Dallas two years ago. Speaking of which, Rick Perry and his cronies in Texas will be receiving approximately $17B. Gov. Terminator in Cali is planning on how to use $26B. Just to give you guys a few examples of where the big money is going.

  • Just2bMe Feb 20, 2009

    Hey, we could save money right off the bat if we didn't have to pay for ANOTHER place for her in Charlotte - staff, utility bills, food, transportation to a from.

    Why doesn't she start at home (so to speak). Cut the pay of the high paying government 'buddy' positions.

    Actually look at everything the state's budget is paying for... like once I remember them passing a bill a couple of years ago that would delegate money for a tea pot museum.... now, how is that something essential that tax dollars need to go to - obviously someone's pet project - GET RID OF THOSE!

  • protestthis Feb 20, 2009

    "They need to cut the budget by 50 percent. ....... or do massive State Employee layoffs next year"

    Jee wiz dude - a budget cut of 50%.. you obviously have no clue ... um I think a 50% budget cut would be massive state employee (layoffs) Firing"
    Do us all a favor and quit it

  • woodrowboyd2 Feb 20, 2009