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Perdue targets DOT reform on first day

Posted January 12, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— In her first effort to make North Carolina government more transparent, Gov. Bev Perdue on Monday signed an executive order that prohibits members of the state Board of Transportation from voting on individual construction projects.

The panel of 19, all appointed by the governor, is now required to delegate its legal authority to approve billions of dollars in road projects to the secretary of the Department of Transportation.

"The perception has been that there's been too many decisions made in the back room by a small handful of people," Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said.

New governor aims to make DOT less political New governor aims to make DOT less political

Some members of the board have been accused in recent years of voting on projects that could personally benefit them or their family. One of them was a major fundraiser for Perdue during the 2008 campaign. That member resigned.

The DOT will create within 60 days a new decision-making process on where to build roads based on data and the decisions of highway professionals.

Board members still will be required by state law to vote on some types of projects, including right of way land purchases and non-highway projects such as mass transit, said Jim Trogdon, DOT's new chief operating officer.

Lawmakers would have to change the law to remove board members from voting on these type of projects.

If they must vote, Perdue will require board members to promise at monthly meetings they had no personal interest in these other projects.

"I believe that this is going to change the DOT paradigm," Perdue said. "And I invite my friends in the General Assembly to be eager and happy about this change."

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  • Jeremiah Jan 13, 2009

    oh wow, this is fun. keep posting pbjbeach!!!!

  • pbjbeach Jan 13, 2009

    Bev = Basnight in drag

    IF HE WANTS TO BE GOV WHY DONT HE JUST RUN FOR IT UNLESS HE IS AFRAID THAT HE FIGURES THAT IT IS BETTER FOR HIM AN HIS POTILICAL CAREER TO JUST LET A PUPPET TAKE THE HEAT AN TO KEEP HIS RECORD CLEAN FOR A POSSIBLY U.S. SENATE BID IN THE FURTURE

  • ConcernedNCC Jan 13, 2009

    I say, why not wait and see what happens before you complain about it. It's definitely a step in the right direction so let's keep it that way.

  • ratherbnnc Jan 13, 2009

    Yeah yeah yeah! Budget Cut Bev will trim the fat and stop wasteful spending in state government, but she didnt flinch
    when her inauguration cost the taxpayers $225,000. How about all those new Secretarys making over $100,000. Stop that!!

  • chargernut69 Jan 13, 2009

    Yeah! Tippett is finally outta here!

  • killerkestrel Jan 13, 2009

    "The panel of 19, all appointed by the governor, is now required to delegate its legal authority to approve billions of dollars in road projects to the secretary of the Department of Transportation."

    I thought that a large portion of the issue of politics in DOT included the Secretary of Transportation? Remember the hubbub over I-295 and Tippett a few weeks ago? How is turning more power over to the secretary reducing politics?

  • Marc3939 Jan 12, 2009

    pbjbeach, The governor's executive order seems to be a step in the right direction. I can't even fathom what you're trying to convey.

    It's hard to take you serious when you can't spell or use proper grammar. If you run your comment through a grammar and spell checker, you'll find out the ENTIRE thing is underlined with red and green lines. Maybe you know someone who can translate the gibberish you posted and post it again revised.



  • pbjbeach Jan 12, 2009

    i personnaly feel like that she should be impeached right now an stop the waste fraud an taxpayer abuse right now in it's tracks thank you

  • pbjbeach Jan 12, 2009

    IN my personnel estimation all this will do is to put the power/decesion making into the hands of private industry such as the ones that the trans secetary came out of an with the privatization that has taken place over these last past 8-12- years it will be all industry & coperations making the state highway decesion making process an gaurnting them a countious revenue stream along with the coperate contractors that are already resopnsibly for enough screw-ups in the highway building business thank you

  • joco cruiser Jan 12, 2009

    Bev.'s Exec. order will not last all that long. The good ole boys will win this fight.