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Perdue remains upbeat about state's future, her performance

Posted July 13, 2009

— Gov. Beverly Perdue said Monday that she continues to work with lawmakers on hammering out a budget, and is focused on the future despite a difficult first six months in office.

A sagging economy and talk of deep cuts and tax increases to balance the state budget have defined the beginning of her tenure as North Carolina's first female governor. Recent public opinion polls show her approval rating is in the 30 percent range.

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"The polling is awful, but I've been in public service long enough that I'm used to awful polls. It comes and goes," Perdue said in an interview with WRAL News.

Instead of focusing on the eroding poll numbers, she said, she remains focused on issues confronting the state.

"I was elected to protect the core services of North Carolina and help us make certain progress, and I'm going to do that," she said. "You can see tremendous progress in stabilizing the mental health system with zero tolerance (of patient abuse and neglect) and stabilizing the parole system. For heaven's sake, I'm the governor who'll go down in history as taking over the first public school system in North Carolina because I went to Halifax County and I wouldn't let my child or grandchildren go to those schools."

Perdue said she spent much of the weekend talking by phone with key lawmakers to break the impasse between the House and Senate on a new state budget.

"There was give and take, with a bit of a break where the conflict is so intense," she said.

The governor said she believes the budget "will be done soon" and will include the one-cent increase to the sales tax rate she has proposed to enact for 13 months, beginning in September, to raise enough money so lawmakers don't have to cut education spending so much.

"The good news for us is things are perhaps beginning to give us a ray of hope," she said.

During her campaign, Perdue pledged openness and transparency. She said her cabinet and staff clearly understand the goal.

"This is a privilege we have every day. We ought to be honorable and have integrity," she said.


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  • princessjwebb Jul 20, 2009

    We don't need to hear about Bev Purdue's personal comments and what her "opinion" is of public schools conditions...she needs to be focused on how she is going to solve these problems. In case she has forgotten, she is the GOVERNOR of North Carolina, and in my opinion that holds her responsible to be the first person to intervene in problems around the state, especially Education!

  • ncguy Jul 14, 2009

    did I see she said deep cuts in spending? Uh Where?

  • whatusay Jul 14, 2009

    If Obama wins again, Perdue will win again. People in NC have a tendency to vote a straight ticket, which should be illegal. Voters should have to put an "x" by their choice, not one "x" for all democrats, or all republicans. Talk about stupid, straight ticket voting is nothing but stupid. If you don't know anything about a candidate don't vote for them.

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 13, 2009

    51% IN A POLL GAVE HER AN F. She is like the other money hungry people that give in to powerful people. She is being told what to do with the powerful money people that got her elected, and gave huge dollars to her campaign.

    I hope that she is a one timer.

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  • sarg863 Jul 13, 2009

    Upbeat? About what, an increase in taxes?

  • Here kitty kitty Jul 13, 2009

    I'm glad she's upbeat and confident, altho I'd wager she is in a very small minority of those who feel the same..........

  • jet2rdu Jul 13, 2009

    In Raleigh PERDUE seems to stand for "Pursuing Every Remaining Dollar U Earn". If the Governor thinks her polls are awful now and is not worried, then she does not understand the problem with her budget choices to the taxpayers of NC. Perhaps she won't be surprised that her voter base will errode faster than the Cape Lookout shoreline after a hurricane.

  • cuffusion Jul 13, 2009

    Bev has always been dense.. but to accept a plummeting approval rating as business as usual simply demonstrates how out of touch with reality she really is..

    She wants to raise 1.5B in new taxes.. in a depressed economic environment.. to grow an already bloated State Government..

  • nursevb8 Jul 13, 2009

    She's trying to make a name for herself, not with the people of NC, but with other politicians. She wants to milk everyone dry and show them that she can fix the budget in her first year in office. How, you will pay and pay and pay.