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Perdue calls for halt to government rule-making

Posted October 21, 2010

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue issued an executive order Thursday to curb excessive rule-making by state government agencies.

The order directs cabinet secretaries and requests statewide elected officials to stop creating administrative rules unless absolutely necessary. It also requires any new rules proposed by a cabinet agency to be reviewed by the Office of State Budget and Management.

Perdue also established a website to gather input from state residents, businesses, community groups and local governments about which rules and regulations need to be reviewed, eliminated or consolidated.

"Most, if not all, of our current rules, I believe, have never been evaluated to determine if their working or actually what their costs are," Perdue said during a news conference at Perry Harrison Elementary School in Pittsboro.

"This is a chance to have your voice heard and to help us bring some North Carolina common sense to government," she said.

The governor pointed to the school's playground as an example of a rule that didn't make sense. A regulation that governed childcare facility playgrounds didn't apply to public schools, so children enrolled in after-school programs that operate in a school weren't allowed to play on the school’s playground.

State officials changed the rule last year.

"It has definitely been advantageous for us to have that playground exemption on our license," said Jennifer Wimberly of the Chatham YMCA, which operates an after-school program at Perry Harrison Elementary.

School playground generic Perdue calls for halt to government rule-making

Although each idea submitted by the public will be reviewed, not all will be tweaked or eliminated.

Berry Jenkins, director of the North Carolina Highway Division at Carolinas AGC, an association of general contractors, said he has some concerns over Perdue's plan to change another rule. He said the amount of money contractors put aside as a bond should something go wrong on a project needs to be maintained in some cases.

"I think, where it's appropriate to protect the public interest, obviously, we need to keep the requirements fairly stringent," Jenkins said.

Perdue also is working on plans to consolidate state agencies and sell government assets to save money. The state faces a projected $3 billion budget shortfall in the coming year.

She has said she won't provide specifics about her overhaul plans until after the Nov. 2 election, when control of the General Assembly is up for grabs.

With the overhaul, Perdue has said that the state's focus will remain on providing core services, including education, economic development and public safety.

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  • bryanwilson Oct 22, 2010

    When are you going to look at the Medicaid contract by CSC that behind and in the red. This was the second rebid how many millions are being wasted. The papers aren't even covering the story...

  • FedUpAmerican Oct 22, 2010

    Bev... "Most, if not all, of our current rules, I believe, have never been evaluated to determine if their working or actually what their costs are,"

    Sounds like NC Politics to me... Oh boy... here we go again, and again, and again, etc.........................................................
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  • early exit Roy Oct 22, 2010

    Just some more LIP service from ole Bev

  • meeper Oct 21, 2010

    What's going on here? She's a democrat. Her party is all about government red tap and regulations.
    Isn't it great how none of these people will admit to being the liberals they are during the election year!!

  • monday123 Oct 21, 2010

    WOW! Is Perdue afraid of what may happen on election day? I do agree that state agencies need to be consolidated. I have a question why is it that so many of these departments have 1 manager, 1 assistant manager, a director, and multiple team leads who get paid more. Why can't they have 2 team leads with 2 teams? Also, I think if we would take the Govenors Mansion turn it into a musuem and make the Governor pay for their living accomodations while in office that makes more since. The Govenors Mansion is old and I am pretty sure that it is expensive to maintain. Why can the Govenor like every other North Carolinian pay for her own housing? As far as Education goes, our teachers do not get paid enough. If it were not for teachers we would not have doctors, lawyers, scientist, and even politicians. Our teachers in this state put up with a lot of bologna. Teachers have not had a raise just like other state workers in the past several years, they also have had to pay more in prem

  • gtstallings45 Oct 21, 2010

    anyone else here get the irony - the governor issued an executive order to make this rule. i have lost counts of all of her executive orders, but i think she has issued more than any other governor. a sure-fire way to not 'curb excessive rule making'. bless her heart, she is a piece of work.

  • busylady2010 Oct 21, 2010

    Readers. Does any of these make any sense? Make sure you vote!

  • WRALSUCKS Oct 21, 2010

    ""if their working ???" Nice, editors."

    Government apointee

  • pbjbeach Oct 21, 2010

    thIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SENSEIBLE APPROACHES THAT I HAVE EVER HEAR ANY STATE OFFICIAL MAKE THERS LOTS OF STATE PERSONAL RULS THAT I FEEL CERTAIN INFRING UPON STATE EMPLOYEES PERSONAL FREEDOMS UNDER THE U.S CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY AN THESE RULS NEED TO THROUGHLY REVIEWED PARTICUALRLY INTHE AREAS OF AN WITH REGARDS TOO TERMINATION OF CAREER STATE EMPLOYEES. FOR ONE IN YOUR ADMINSTRATION I FEEL LIKE THAT YOU HAVE FINALY GOTTEN SOMETHING RIGHT AN IT IS ABOUT TIME THANK YOU

  • lrbrown Oct 21, 2010

    "sell state assets"???? Which state parks at the coast are going to be condos?

    Why don't we do away with some archaic state jobs like Secretary of State. When was the last time we had to negotiate a peace treaty with Virginia?

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