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Perdue urges Congress members to pass stimulus

Posted February 6, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Gov. Bev Perdue said Friday she wants congressional Democrats to quickly pass a federal stimulus package that she says will create jobs for North Carolina.

Perdue joined Govs. David Paterson of New York, Ted Strickland of Ohio and Bill Ritter of Colorado in speaking to the U.S. House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference as the group sets its annual agenda.

Gov. Beverly Perdue Perdue addresses Congress

She gave the representatives the same message that she delivered last month to members of the North Carolina congressional delegation: Money from the proposed federal stimulus package is needed to start infrastructure and other economic development projects that would create jobs while helping the state and national economy.

"I and other governors are doing all we can to balance the budget and be responsible, but during these unprecedented times, we can’t do it alone – we really need Washington," she said. "A substantial federal package will give states the opportunity to get people back to work, and it will also keep kids in the classroom, prisons open and seniors getting care."

Perdue said she also has talked with U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan about passing the stimulus, but she said she's not encouraged by the response she received from Burr. Most Republicans oppose the proposal as it's been crafted so far.

"I can't do this without eating our seed corn without federal stimulus dollars, and I'm just asking them to infuse our people with money to build infrastructure – things we need to get our people back to work," she told WRAL. "It will not help us if the stimulus dollars that will help us are so tied to rules and regulations we can't use those funds for two years."

The stimulus package also could assist Perdue and state lawmakers in narrowing the state's budget shortfall. Perdue said this week that the state needs more flexibility to use the money for that purpose.

Fiscal analysts have projected that the state's deficit will hit $2 billion this fiscal year and could reach $3 billion in the 2009-10 fiscal year. Perdue said corporate income tax revenues are down 50 percent from forecasts.

She has asked state agency directors to dig deeper for possible cuts to help erase part of the deficit.

"I will make the tough and hard decisions on North Carolina’s budget. I will balance the budget and do it responsibly. Governors do not expect Washington to make our jobs easier," she told the caucus members. "But we do ask and expect your active help in this extraordinary time to make sure that the stimulus efforts you enact are not offset and undermined by cuts states must make to balance our books."

Congressional leaders said they were impressed by her plea for help.

"She had tremendous presence. You could tell from the applause after she finished her presentation (that) people loved her," said House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat.

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  • affirmativediversity Feb 6, 2009

    dogeatdog posted, "...Could not get through to Hagan's office."

    I couldn't get an answer at Sen Hagan's office either, nor can you leave an "after hours" voice mail, NOR does she respond to emails or letters. WHY???? What kind of Senator is she? Who does she think she answers too, Harry Reid?

    I just so you know, every time I contacted Sen. Hagan's office I also contacted Sen. Burr's office AND I got a response (and actually spoke with a person a couple of times) EVERYTIME!!!

    I posted earlier asking WRAL to look into this! WHY when OUR Senators are voting on a bill that WILL CHANGE our Country CAN WE NOT REACH ONE OF OUR TWO SENATORS! WHY IS SENATOR HAGAN IGNORING THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA??????

  • whatusay Feb 6, 2009

    The slobs who want to sit on their behinds and not work, and watching Opra want all the government spending they can get, hoping some of it will trickle down to them. The government can not support the Americans who want to remain on welfare. I say there is plenty of jobs if our government will deport the illegals, their children, their parents, and their pets, and make Americans work or starve.

  • whatusay Feb 6, 2009

    Taxing future generations is ludicrous...Obama has all these liberals mesmerised thinking that spending a trillion dollars will make dishonest polititicians honest. The politicians created this mess and now they want the next 3 generations to pay for it...rediculous. No stimulous...no bailout of the unions in Detroit. Building a wind generator will not create any jobs. Buying $600,000,000 wory of cars from Detroit for government use will only make matters worse because taxpayers are footing the bill. Obama will be the end of America as we know it.

  • woodrowboyd2 Feb 6, 2009

    ITS TIME WE STOOD UP FOR WHATS RIGHT
    WE SHOULD ALL GO TO WASHINGTON AND REFUSE TO LEAVE UNTIL OUR VOICES ARE HEARD.
    THE POWER IS IN THE PEOPLE WE CAN CHANGE THINGS.

  • colliedave Feb 6, 2009

    My previous post on Bev-speak got zapped my the WRAL mind police so I will try again.

    "A substantial federal package will give states the opportunity to get people back to work, and it will also keep kids in the classroom, prisons open and seniors getting care."

    like prisons are going to close if we don't get the money?

    I can't do this without eating our seed corn without federal stimulus dollars, and I'm just asking them to infuse our people with money to build infrastructure – things we need to get our people back to work," she told WRAL. "It will not help us if the stimulus dollars that will help us are so tied to rules and regulations we can't use those funds for two years."

    What are you saying? What is "eating our seed corn" and "infusing our people with money?" The simple fact is she was elected due only due to the mindless minions who voted a straight democratic ticket.

  • djofraleigh Feb 6, 2009

    One, NC is getting the short straw in the Fed handout, and

    two, is Bev going to try to use the Federal money to NOT decrease spending as revenues decrease?

    I consider her call a party cry...not the voice of reason for NC.

  • james27613 Feb 6, 2009

    IMPEACH Schumer, Dodd and Barney Frank, they took contributions from freddie and fannie, lied to the public about how sound
    these two corp. were. all lies.

  • affirmativediversity Feb 6, 2009

    SHUT UP BEV!

  • superman Feb 6, 2009

    The Americans made this mess. Overspending and living beyond their means and buying products made in foreign countries. It is not a political issue. We want everything and we want it now and we want it cheap.

  • ThinkChick Feb 6, 2009

    90-95% of the state budget has been deemed untouchable: education, corrections, health and human services. THIS is why there are no guts on Jones Street.

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