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Perdue, local leaders meet on economic issues

Posted December 17, 2008

— Governor-elect Beverly Perdue told local leaders Wednesday that her staff is in daily contact with representatives of President-elect Obama about  economic development.

The incoming Democratic governor met in Raleigh with members of the League of Municipalities, the Association of County Commissioners and the North Carolina Metropolitan Coalition. She has held several similar meetings around the state as she prepares to take office Jan. 10.

Perdue has expressed her hope that Obama and Congress will soon help put in place a national stimulus package that can provide states with money for road repairs, along with water and sewer updates.

She warned the gathering that the recession was likely to be felt at all levels, and she said she supports Gov. Mike Easley's proposal that state government cut costs by 7 percent across the board.

She said she plans to ask the federal government to send more tax money back for investment in  North Carolina. 

The governor-elect's roundtable is an effort to repair sometimes strained relations between government at the state and local levels.

Raleigh's Mayor Charles Meeker made his case Tuesday for the city to get a share of the proposed $50 billion federal stimulus. City officials have said they'd like to see the money come directly from Washington to Raleigh.

Perdue suggested that North Carolina representatives work together to take a plan to the state's congressional delegation.

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  • vote4changeASAP Dec 18, 2008

    Why won't our leaders grow some real ones and eliminate some of the causes in our state that is bleeding us dry. Illegal immigrants and educating their children is one of them. Meeker has the gall to ask for his share of federal money for Raleigh. Considering the amount of money spent on roads in metro areas versus smaller cities in the state, I get sick and tire of these plea deals.

    If you are a government servant and you lack the mentality and intellect to strengthen our state without begging for taxpayer support, you need to resign and get the H out.

  • seeingthru Dec 17, 2008

    another winner---jeez

  • Atnor Dec 17, 2008

    I understand there are certain realities on the ground, but it's a bit difficult for me to generate much more enthusiasm for the state begging for my federal tax dollar as opposed to my state tax dollars. I get the impression they're treating it like free money to help out the state, when it's not. Or, put another way, I don't feel good about federal tax monies being spent on putting LED lights in parking garages in Boise, ID or solar panels in El Paso, or a Teacup Museum in NC....

  • superman Dec 17, 2008

    We should hold out both arms and have a bag ready to collect all this money. None of us living now will ever live to see the national debt paid. So it is all just free money anyway. Money is free!

  • GetRight Dec 17, 2008

    "Perdue has expressed her hope that Obama and Congress will help put a national stimulus package in place soon that can provide states with money for road repairs along with *** water and sewer updates ***."

    Am I missing something here? Why would the US Federal Government being paying for water & sewer updates in NC cities & towns????

  • kopfjaeger2001 Dec 17, 2008

    Just another example of how the liberal left bleeds the people of their hard earned money. We work, we pay, they spend and we pay more so they can spend more, and so on and so on.

  • veyor Dec 17, 2008

    Ridiculous.

  • gabby1 Dec 17, 2008

    bigDAWGisAeagle
    Merry Christmas to u too!!! :O)

  • whatelseisnew Dec 17, 2008

    This is an old game, every state tries to get more back. Some get more back then they put in which means others are getting less back then they put it. Not sure where NC falls on that scale. Probably putting more in than we get. The truly insane part of this is that there is no money. Any money obtained from the Feds is going to be borrowed. Ultimately this will all collapse. All levels of Government need to cut programs and employees and start living within their means.

  • joliverdent Dec 17, 2008

    I also agree with 'Gabby1'. You wanted a Democrat and you got one, here and in DC! Now we have to live with the tax and spend gang that will put us in hock forever. I'm not happy with the 'Red Gang' either. Remember Mr. Carter? Followed by Reagan, Bush #1, Clinton and now Bush #2. They all contributed mightly to the mess we are leaving to our grandchildren. Now everyone is lining up with their hands our for more 'entitlements'. What we need is someone to stop 'Big Government'. I'm willing to give PEBO a chance, but his proposed programs have already swelled to 1.2B. People with the 'give me' mentality like Mrs. Perdue will only make it higher. God Bless America and have a very Merry Xmas to all of you.

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