Where was the governor?

Posted June 21, 2012

Gov. Bev Perdue's office sent word last night that she would speak to the N.C. Business Committee Education meeting today at noon.

Typically, such speaking appearances draw newspaper and television reporters, both because they want to hear what's on the governor's mind and because Perdue usually holds opportunity to ask questions after such speaking engagements. These "gaggles" are important because Perdue does not hold regular news conferences. 

Questions today would have likely centered on the budget legislators sent her today -- and whether she would sign or veto the measure -- as well as the mysteriously altered letter from DOT.

So reporters were a bit perplexed when about two minutes before she was supposed to speak, Perdue canceled her appearance entirely. 

A spokesman for the governor said she couldn't come because she was "in meetings about the budget." 

Update: Apparently the governor didn't like the outcome of those meetings.

“My top priority is increasing our investment in education so that we can prepare our children to compete in the 21st century economy," she said in a statement. "The budget passed today does not go far enough in restoring funding for public schools in North Carolina. I will continue to review the proposal, but it is my sincere hope that the General Assembly will find a way to do better in the days ahead.”


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  • greg69innc Jun 24, 2012

    I gotta good mind to run for governor as I wont be unemployed if I get the job.

  • greg69innc Jun 24, 2012

    Our fearless governor was in meetings about the budget?? When is she in meetings about unemployment, jobs, and becoming a friendly state to conduct business in???

  • greg69innc Jun 24, 2012

    Now is not the time for our nation to be divided over gay rights. No one has any less nor any more rights than another. Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman and it has been that way from the beginning of time. I am not going to preach here on a subject like this as it is imperative for our leaders to get off their hind parts and work tirelessly, endlessly, without distraction in lowering our unemployment rate. If our state could lower the unemployment rate by roughly 2 percent then the 1% sales tax would not be an issue. We have the fourth highest unemployment rate right behind CA and we as a people cannot tolerate nor should we as a state sit back and not do a thing. We deserve to hear from all of our leaders what they are doing on a daily/weekly basis to attract more businesses, entice more companies to hire, and become a business friendly state. When that is done lets discuss gay rights...just saying we all deserve better dont we?

  • faperrigo Jun 23, 2012

    I suppose tort reform, Med mal reform, tax cuts for small business, and financial security isn't job related? Or do you all mean that government giving jobs, cradle-to-grave support, telling parents how to pack a lunch, pushing econ development to properties owned by cronies is good for jobs? In suppose you want control to go back to the party of convicted felons, accused harassers, crony campaign abuses?

  • Bill of Rights Jun 22, 2012

    The Contractor: I agree with you 100%. Republicans talk a mean storm about business and the economy, but they've squandered their time by furthering their ultra-right social agenda; one that will cost this state very real money. I have no problem with conservative fiscal ideologies -- I just wish the bums we elected would actually do what they talked about.

  • The Contractor Jun 22, 2012

    If you look across the nation, since 2010, when the GOP took over many legislatures, they have not worke don jobs bills, they have worked on abortion, dismembering unions rights, reversing past legislation, furthering gun rights etc etc.. I still don't understand why this legislature got rid of the 1 cent sales tax, thats 1.3 billion dollars we could have used to keep teachers, firefighters and police on the street. instead we have a growing school population and fewer teachers/aids etc... we're heading in the wrong direction and the GOP doesnt want to pull their heads out of the sand.. the US military has finally recognized gay rights, corporations have recognized gay rights, our GOP led legislature has made it harder for us to recognize gay rights because of their own evangelical social agenda... this needs to change.

  • greg69innc Jun 22, 2012

    greg69innc I hope you are also directing that same comment towards the Republican controlled General Assembly. Please, for the sake of pork and beans, tell us what the Republicans have done in almost 2 years about JOBS IN NC?

    Rather I mean every one of them. This Republican controlled legislature the Governors office need to go. I said Republican because they arent conservative they are just a bunch of folks that want their party to win regardless of how many families how many jobs are gone just as long as they get their way and keep the other party out. I cannot nor will I stand behind a bunch of no leading short sighted who would sell the people out they are SERVING. I was one of the ones who went without unemployment because our leaders could not get the budget signed. I have been ridiculed by our leaders as the unemployed are lazy no working bums. So yes I as a conservative am saying that all of our leaders need to go from APodcca, LaRoque, P. Berger, and Tillis.

  • unc70 Jun 22, 2012

    Reporters were a bit perplexed? That she didn't run over to talk with them when she has just been sent the budget bill? Poor little neglected ones. Maybe she has more important things to do, like trying to hold state government together.

    Remember that Republican elected officials in Raleigh and in Washington have publicly stated that their primary goal was to prevent Perdue and Obama from being re-elected, keeping them from having any "successes" even if that means voting against things in the best interest of the state and the country.

  • jdlewis76 Jun 21, 2012

    Beau Biden called it.

  • ratherbnwpb Jun 21, 2012

    I hope she is home packing her UHaul and getting out of town. We have the 4th highest unemployment rate in the nation and not one word, one idea, one meeting in sitting down and discussing how our leaders are going to lead and bring work to NC. This is unacceptable and atrocious. Every one of them that has yet to do something should be chased out of town.

    I hope you are also directing that same comment towards the Republican controlled General Assembly. Please, for the sake of pork and beans, tell us what the Republicans have done in almost 2 years about JOBS IN NC?