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Panel named to root out waste in state government

Posted March 26, 2009

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed a commission Thursday to find ways to cut waste and increase efficiency in state government.

Norris Tolson and Hilda Pinnix-Ragland will chair the Budget Reform and Accountability Commission. Tolson is a former state secretary of revenue, transportation and commerce who now heads the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and Pinnix-Ragland is vice president of corporate public affairs for Progress Energy and chairwoman of the State Board of Community Colleges.

“This group can help me root out inefficient spending and outdated programs and bring greater accountability to state government,” Perdue said in a statement.

The commission’s first task will be to conduct a detailed review of the state’s entire continuation budget to identify inefficiencies and develop options for cuts and consolidations, she said.

Other members of the commission are as follows:

  • Norma Houston, a lecturer in public law and government at the University of North Carolina School of Government who previously was chief of staff and general counsel to state Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight and an assistant attorney general
  • Dan Gerlach, the senior budget adviser to former Gov. Mike Easley and current president of North Carolina Golden LEAF, an economic development foundation
  • Curtis Clark, an IBM executive who previously served as executive director of the North Carolina Statewide Performance Audit, deputy state controller for information resource management and director of the Performance Audit Division of the State Auditor’s Office
  • Charlie Sanders, chairman of the National Institute of Health and retired chairman and chief executive of Glaxo Inc.
  • Ron Penny, professor and chairman of the Department of Public Administration at North Carolina Central University and assistant to the university provost who previously served as director of the Office of State Personnel

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  • dplowman Mar 27, 2009

    I will take the job and in one year I will cut the work force by half and the other half would wake up and go to work.
    I work with the state on some jobs and the wast of manhours is so bad it is crazy.

  • ribbons55 Mar 26, 2009

    This same move has been done over and over with new governors. They think this move makes them look "efficient" with their electorate when in reality here's more folks who'll do nothing. As a retired state employee, I worked for a division that has already been cut to the bone, has lost 50% of their field regulatory people and has no "excess." I get tired of newly elected officials singing this same song. And, especially this newly elected official. Dizzying lack of sense!

  • exteacher Mar 26, 2009

    AGAIN, they aren't being paid ANYTHING to do this.

  • Adelinthe Mar 26, 2009

    How much are THEY being paid to do this?

    I remember years ago, then CP&L hired an "efficiency expert" to come in to evaluate everything.

    Their fee cost more than they saved the company and didn't tell the company anything their own employees couldn't have told them.

    God bless.


  • ethicalhacker Mar 26, 2009

    Start weeding out waste by removing Perdue, she takes stimulus money destined for education and law enforcement and has the nerve to talk layoff of teachers and police, our lottery is for the schools and she wants to redirect those funds ?? WE VOTED AND THIS IS NOT HOW THE CITIZENS EXPET OUR POLITICIANS TO RESPOND - TOSS THEM ALL ON THE STREET and replace our Govt. with Americans instead of Communist, Marxist and Socialist Pawns who CLAIM TO BE AMERICAN WHILE THEY ROB AND RAPE US.

  • lkwldflwr Mar 26, 2009

    I wish the "good ole boy system" would be weeded out by a real business firm. I believe if we had elected the Charlotte Mayor as Governor, this could have happened. Office of State Personnel used to do desk audits of each person to evaluae the jobs they were doing for wage increases and promotions. If real desk audits were done across the top of the board of state employees making the top half of the salaries, they would soon find out, their jobs could be combined and most of them are taking home over $100,000 a year to read the Internet and sit in a meeting just to ask the actually workers to make the decisions. It has amazed me for years that government does not conduct business as the normal sector. Hire qualifed staff, not your friends and people you owe favors too. Pretty much the opionion across departments and divisions. If you are not one of "the good ole boys and gals" you are usually over worked, working multiple jobs, and getting paid extremely less.

  • FloydRTurbo Mar 26, 2009

    NOTHING will ever top Mike Easley's infamous "e-mail Commission" when he put a longtime crony in charge who said "I don't even know how to turn on that darned computer thing !!! ...." Yee Haa .... that set the all time record for Gubernatorial Commission foolishness.

  • WHEEL Mar 26, 2009

    Same song, different verse. Happens every time a new governor is elected. Politicians don't fire voters- no wait Bev herself "says" she is getting rid of 268 out of 275,000 ! Boy, less than one in a thousand, Big deal.

  • babyblue2 Mar 26, 2009

    taking state employees longevity and their on-call pay (proposed) is not a fair way to cut spending. why not start at the TOP where the big bucks jobs are and weed out some of those? the little people down near the bottom of the totempole are the ones who do all the work anyway and keep the services flowing.

  • Garnerwolf1 Mar 26, 2009

    At least one of those bureaucrats has 20+ years in private industry. And would probably make many of us look foolish in a battle of wits or intelligence. But I agree with one thing, since many already have numerous years in state govt, is she putting the fox in charge of the hen house?