Perdue, Senate leader square off on jobs

Posted April 7, 2011

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— Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday took on Republican leaders at the legislature on the issue of who's best at creating jobs in North Carolina's recovering economy.

During a news conference at the state Department of Commerce, Perdue said lawmakers are spending too much time debating bills tied to social issues and not enough on boosting the state economy.

"I've been there, done that where you come and say, 'It's my turn. I'm going to change the world.'" she said of the large freshman class in the General Assembly. "I can relate to that. I'm not criticizing that. I'm just asking people to put all those aside – all those ideas that they think are so critical for North Carolina – and let's get the real work of the people done.

"Somebody has to be the adult and stand up. We've really, really got to focus on jobs and education," she said.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger offered a pre-emptive response at his own news conference an hour earlier, blaming Perdue and the policies put in place when Democrats controlled the legislature for the loss of 100,000 jobs statewide in the last two years.

"North Carolina has a lot of great things going for it. The policies of state government are not one of them," Berger said.

Although the statewide unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent in February from 11.4 percent a year earlier, more than 435,000 people in North Carolina are still looking for a job.

"It appears to me the one job Gov. Perdue is worried about is her own," Berger said.

Perdue has been on a "jobs tour" around the state during the past two weeks in which she's also talked about the importance of public education. She said Thursday that her policies are working, noting she took office at the height of the worst U.S. economic recession in decades.

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"What I'm doing and what I have been doing for 2½ years is all about jobs and education," she said.

Berger said it will take time to get the state economy back on solid footing, but the Republican majority will create jobs through lower taxes, tort reform, regulatory reform and other programs now in the works.

"We have taken substantial initial steps," he said. "The most important thing we can do to create jobs in North Carolina is to get the state's checkbook balanced."

Freshman Rep. Tom Murry, R-Wake, introduced a bill this week aimed at helping smaller businesses grow.

"I'd rather see 10 companies create 100 jobs (each) than to try and find that one diamond-in-the-rough company that creates 1,000 jobs," Murry said.

The Republicans and Perdue have agreed that lowering the corporate income tax rate would improve the economic environment. The House is expected to begin rolling out portions of its budget proposal next week.

"Let us see what's in the budget that focuses on jobs and education or what might do irreparable harm to North Carolina," Perdue said.


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  • whatusay Apr 8, 2011

    Government rules, regulations, fees, red tape, and audits is what is killing jobs. Until government gets out of the way there will not be any job growth.

  • barbstillkickin Apr 8, 2011

    If some one gets a job with the state they had to know someone because they have a hiring freeze so if purdue got you a job she even went against her own rule oh wait she does that all the time. Good luck with your state job you will see real soon you get taken every chance the big wigs want to and yes they do promote people that go to there church or kiss up real good. I know a few that are not even qualified to print paper let alone do a college degree job but they new who to kiss up to. It is a shame that purdue has made people stab each other so they can make a few more bucks. Our economy has gone to shambles since she became governor. VOTE HER OUT ASAP BEFORE WE CURL UP AND BECOME OBSOLETE.

  • tpbwetland Apr 7, 2011

    Corporations are sitting on record profits, therefore there is no need to reduce their taxes even further. The current tax system already produces record profits.

  • tpbwetland Apr 7, 2011

    GW Bush is responsible for all of the jobs lost during the recession. Every one of them.

  • Alex25 Apr 7, 2011

    Big, growing Govt crowds out private sector - and thus jobs.

  • Alex25 Apr 7, 2011

    Jobs come from the private sector - not Pubs or Dems.


  • 5Rs Apr 7, 2011

    Jobs are a trailing indictor. You don't go out and say "let's create jobs". You create an economic model that drives the economy and thten as a result jobs are created.

    The NC economic model is high income taxes, high sales taxes, government favoritism, corruption, and no clue. Not workingtoo well.

  • wildcat Apr 7, 2011

    Pray that Gov. Purdue will not make any more mistakes. The unemployed is really hurting and now she wants to cuts them off perm. How are they to survive? We surely can see everyday that we need a new governor. Voting time is coming.

  • drjones74 Apr 7, 2011

    "So you thought the state cut them a check with state funds and then took some of those funds back again? Why would state employees pay taxes? To create red tape putting the money back?"
    Citizen782 there are accounting trails that lead the money out of certain Centers and brings it back to the general fund. Receipt and Federally funded positions constitute about half the State work force I think. There are literally thousands of Funds and Centers that money gets moved in and out of.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Apr 7, 2011

    This is one of those days when I wonder why I bother to put my opinion on here because, Gov. P or anybody in the Leg. Building listening or reading these comments? Do they really care what we think or say? It's just so frustrating.