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Perdue says she won't second-guess her moves

Posted May 6, 2009

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue said she views the state budget deficit, the swine flu outbreak and shake-ups in the mental health system and highway program as opportunities instead of challenges.

During her first four months in office, Perdue has faced a mind-boggling array of problems, and she said she had tried to confront them head on and not second-guess her moves.

Gov. Beverly Perdue with David Crabtree Web only: Perdue reflects on early challenges

"Who would have thought the hole I had to bridge in a six-month period, from January when I was sworn in, would be over $3 billion? That's a tremendous amount," she said. "It's the hand you're dealt with ... It is what it is. That's my favorite phrase – I have it in my office – it is what it is."

Lawmakers learned Wednesday that the budget gap will be even deeper in the fiscal year starting in July. With tax collections lagging, fiscal analysts projected the shortfall to reach $4.6 billion in 2009-10.

Perdue said she has tried to close the gap for the current fiscal year through canceled contracts, slowing the growth of some state programs and pay cuts for state workers.

"I didn't want to make that decision. Everybody knew I didn't want to make it," she said of her recent order to furlough workers by giving them 10 hours of time off in exchange for a 0.5 percent cut in pay.

State workers have protested the move, but Perdue said she really had no choice because of the growing deficit.

"I could either furlough – let everybody bleed, and they're bleeding – (which was) something I didn't want to do, or I could just arbitrarily fire $60 million worth of people," she said.

As lawmakers try to craft a budget that meets the governor's approval, Perdue said she's determined that the economic crisis not force state government into a status quo situation.

"We're beginning to see some glimmers of recovery, and with that, we can rest assured that we need to continue to invest in schools (and) invest in job training," she said. "In the long term, (we need to) focus on technology, energy, the military, the things you heard me talk about in the campaign."

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  • discowhale May 7, 2009

    NC VOTERS, REMEMBER THIS FIASCO NEXT VOTING CYCLE!!!!

  • Professor May 7, 2009

    flattering picture though.

    I have seen much better. You can start with First Lady Michell Obama. Wow! An outstanding lady.

  • Professor May 7, 2009

    Cannot wait unil voting for a new governor.

  • oldfirehorse May 7, 2009

    I must say that's a flattering picture though. Makes her look almost human, doncha' think? She's smiling too, must be very pleased with her decisions so far.

  • ncguy71 May 7, 2009

    Perdue says she "won't second-guess her moves"

    I hope the voters second-guess her moves the next time she is up for election.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant May 7, 2009

    She wont second guess her moves but everyone else is!

    What a joke.

  • salemprez2b May 7, 2009

    Don't worry, Bev, we're all second guessing your moves for you!

  • dws May 7, 2009

    hmmmmm, it would be interesting to revote today.....'ol Bev would be left yammering on the sideline

  • Nonewsisgoodnews May 7, 2009

    Second "guess" would be correct. The first "guess" didn't require enough thought to make it a real plan. I can't imagine a plan is going to save us from that kind of debt at this point. Pretty soon she really is going to be running around on fire lighting everything ablaze.

  • littleriver69 May 7, 2009

    According to the "Gov's" budget, there is a little over 6 million dollars allocated to her office for the year. What does that money cover? Who does it cover? Why not cut half your useless staff and save some money there?? Why not stop all funding for our "undocumented residents" and balance the budget and give everyone a pay raise??

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