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Perdue vows no tax increases in 2011

Posted December 16, 2010

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— This festive atmosphere around the Governor's Mansion is likely to change in the coming weeks and months as state leaders work to close a projected $3.7 billion budget shortfall.

Gov. Beverly Perdue told a gathering of reporters Thursday that she plans to balance the budget without raising taxes, including extending temporary taxes that expire next year.

"At this point in time, I don't know how to spell tax increase. It is off my plate now," she said.

Republicans will control both the state House and Senate for the first time in more than a century when the General Assembly reconvenes in January, and top lawmakers said last month that they expect budget cuts to cause a lot of pain statewide.

Perdue said Thursday that she plans to protect job development and education as much as possible.

"(As for) the rest, I'm going to make a lot of people real unhappy, and I'm sorry," she said. "If the state doesn't have money and you have to prioritize, you have to do some bad things, I guess – things that are difficult."

The governor called the state's 9.6 percent unemployment rate abysmal, but she said the economy and the jobs picture are slowly improving. At the beginning of 2010, the unemployment rate was 11.1 percent.

Gov. Beverly Perdue Perdue vows no tax increase in 2011

"During the next year, I'm going to systematically focus on the future and on what positive things we can do to turn around that kind of malaise," she said.

She cited more targeted incentives to convince businesses to locate or expand in North Carolina and create jobs.

Perdue also said she would continue to look at privatizing state-run alcohol sales and is considering legislation that would allow the commander of the Highway Patrol to come from outside the agency's ranks. She said she believes Dorothea Dix Hospital should remain open to house mentally ill criminals, but added that service could be privatized.

The governor said she is proud of her efforts to be more transparent and reform state government. For example, she rolled out a new website Thursday to streamline procurement functions and leverage the state's buying power.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 17, 2010

    Bev has other problems.

    The lottery will generate $40 Million less than anticipated.

    The people of NC are smarter than Bev gives us credit for.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Dec 17, 2010

    What about 2012 Bev? That one is almost a gimmie.

  • gunsmoke1 Dec 17, 2010

    The State is in a deficit as many other states are, however specifically look at the state fleet versus number employees who need them and sell the rest,close Dorothea Dix there are areas of prison where this system of mental health could work in the building. This will save a lot of money, when new hospital was built it was sold to the public that Dix would close. No new programs until budget is balanced, take back some of the road projects scheduled and save money, find out where some of your employees are going and why they are staying overnight in hotels when they could get back to office and home. Look at the facility survey programs, the expense is enormous for fuel, food and lodging. 4 surveyors = 1 car in my mind not more vehicles. These examples are many in several areas of state government let us really look at the excess, and you will save the budget and the State of NC.

  • josephlawrence43 Dec 17, 2010

    Taking a page right out of George H.W. Bush's play book--lets see if she is as serious..

  • bluegrass Dec 17, 2010

    She will just jam it to us with fees.

  • ratherbnwpb Dec 17, 2010

    As for the health plan, many employees are not happy with the plan and opt out anyway if they can be put onto their spouses plan. But I agree with you that the State Health Plan is pretty much a waste and is likely making some politician wealthy.
    redspringssean

    Alot of them like the State Health Plan as Co Pays are still relatively low. They still have to pay for Dental, Eye Care, etc. Most Dependent plans are too expensive and they usually go somewhere else for that, not change plans for themselves. The State Health Plan is really not a waste. The problem is the cost-plus No see contract the Legislature has with BCBS. While the taxpayers are paying BCBS for lavish dinners, and paying their CEO in the millions is the real problem. It needs to be removed from Legislative oversight and moved to the Dept of Insurance.

  • ratherbnwpb Dec 17, 2010

    redsringssean,

    First, State Employees having to contribute 6% towards their retirement have the option to withdraw it after 60 days after leaving employment or they can leave it which many do. Why?
    Because it draws interest. Second, they also have an option to have paycheck withdrawals go into a 401K or any other plan they choose. You can withdraw any of that in 401k as long as you have enough invested. Third, I never mentioned they werent entitled to get it back!

  • ratherbnwpb Dec 17, 2010

    State employees should not get benefits better than the taxpayers working in the private sector who are paying for the state employees." DontLikeTheSocialistObama

    The problem with your argument is, and will always be, state workers do not get better benefits than private sector.They get much the same as private sector.

  • delilahk2000 Dec 17, 2010

    I MEANT RODE BY, AND GARNER, DOT OR NOT WE ARE STILL PAYING FOR THE WASTE OF IT......BY RIDING ROADS THAT DO NOT NEED TO BE CLEANED.....

  • delilahk2000 Dec 17, 2010

    OH. BEV I WAS RIGHT ANOTHER TRUCK JUST ROAD AGAIN WASTING MONEY. DO THEY NOT HAVE RADIOS TO TALK AND SAY THIS AREA I AHVE ALREADY COVERED,,,, ALLLL CLEAR........

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