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Perdue: Slimmer budget will reflect primary state services

Posted November 5, 2010

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— Responding to warnings this week from top Republican lawmakers about deep budget cuts next year, Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday that the final state spending plan would reflect her funding priorities of job creation, education and core services.

Fiscal analysts have projected a budget deficit of more than $3 billion, and Republican leaders in the General Assembly said after their election victories Tuesday that they want to reduce the budget to about $16 billion from the $19 billion spending plan passed in June.

"You eliminate those things that aren't core, and that's tough. It's painful. People will lose some sleep over that. I understand that," Perdue said. "We've had hard times for the last two years. This is nothing new to us. We've made tremendous progress in smart cuts."

Perdue said she plans to meet with Republican leaders in the House and Senate in the coming weeks to discuss their budget priorities.

"This is the new normal, and I believe we'll work together to make good choices," she said. "At the end of the day, there will be a budget that I will sign, and at the end of the day, that budget will reflect the best and the biggest priorities I hope we can put together for North Carolina.

"It's not about Republicans or Democrats," she said.

State budget Perdue: Slimmer budget will reflect primary state services

House Minority Leader Paul Stam, a possible candidate to be the next House speaker, said he looks forward to working with the governor on the budget.

Other GOP leaders aren't ready to cede the high ground after their historic election victories, however.

"I think (Perdue) would be very well advised to go a little bit more than halfway to meet Republicans and try to work out an agenda," said Tom Fetzer, chairman of the state Republican Party.


Watch On the Record with WRAL's David Crabtree at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to hear more from Fetzer, Stam and House Minority Whip Thom Tillis.

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  • rhess2 Nov 5, 2010

    There is not much difference between National Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and State Republican leader Tom Fetzer. Both have no intentions of working with Democrats for the good of the populations they serve. McConnell's statement not long after the Election saying Republicans should work to make President Obama a one term president is proof of that. Fetzer saying Gov. Perdue needs to meet Republicans more than halfway in order to work out an agenda is also proof he would prefer Republicans in the General Assembly not to work with the Democrat Governor.

    Both McConnell and Fetzer may be feeling their oats because of the Election results, but in the political and economic climate the Nation and NC is in voters can be quick in voting a party out of power in upcoming elections. Two years is a long time in politics.

  • ratherbnwpb Nov 5, 2010

    Why is the public who mostly doesn't get a pension paying for pensions for state employees.

    Take away the pensions for state employees and put them on 401K's just like most of private sector employees.
    DontLikeTheSocialistObama

    Once again, there you go not knowing what your talking about! State Employees pay 6% from their pay which goes into their own retirement plan. The State contributes 0 unless you are law enforcement. State employees also have an option to contribute to a 401K or any other plan. They also pay this out of their checks which is earned income. The state contributes nothing.

  • ratherbnwpb Nov 5, 2010

    In one state agency, I asked an employee how he got the job when he wasn't capable of performing the job per his job description.

    He proudly told me that his uncle was a large Democrat contributor down east.

    The political reward appointees should be the first to be fired, yet they will be the last to go because of their political connection.
    DontLikeTheSocialistObama

    This is probably one of the biggest crocks I have seen. I think he was pulling your chain. Political patronage for the average state employee is non existent as it used to be. Political patronage in hiring now is against state law. A politician will not even go near that any longer. Most political patronage jobs are appointed by the Governor and serve at the Governors pleasure. Meaning, they arent subject to the State Personnel Act. Your just talking to be talking. By the way, if you are a consultant for the state, the first budget cut in my book would be to cut that wasteful consulting spending. Think I will recommend

  • Scottie Nov 5, 2010

    Mr. Fetzer would be very well advised to take his opinions and stick them where the sun don't shine. The Republican victory isn't about people loving the Republican brand name. The election was about people being frustrated at traditional politics. We shall see if a Republican have the skills to run a government. Thus far their skills have been limited to holding press conferences and whining about the Democrats. If they cant do any better, throw them out too.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 5, 2010

    Why are state jobs considered to be jobs for life for Democrat supports and other well connected individuals.

    Why is the public who mostly doesn't get a pension paying for pensions for state employees.

    Take away the pensions for state employees and put them on 401K's just like most of private sector employees.

  • bwh0069 Nov 5, 2010

    As a state employee I see waste everyday.The people at the bottom have already made the sacrifices its time to start at the top.Yes we clean our own restrooms and yes we have lost half of our work force in our department.We are probably at the size we need to be.Any more cuts at the bottom and services will be greatly cut.Its time to cut the fat at the top.

  • cynadon419 Nov 5, 2010

    why are all government jobs sacred

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 5, 2010

    In one state agency, I asked an employee how he got the job when he wasn't capable of performing the job per his job description.

    He proudly told me that his uncle was a large Democrat contributor down east.

    The political reward appointees should be the first to be fired, yet they will be the last to go because of their political connection.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 5, 2010

    Eliminate unnecessary state workers who can't perform their job as defined in their job description.

    My computer consulting firm performs professional services for several state agencies because their employees aren't capable of doing the job that they are paid to do.

    If the state employees were capable of doing their job, the state wouldn't be paying me to do their jobs.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 5, 2010

    Cut ITS. Private sector Data Center hosting firms can host and manage the states computer servers for less than ITS can.

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