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  • jenforthewin Jan 16, 2013

    "I think Governor McCrory is like so many people when they first start working for the state: everything seems antiquated and illogical."

    Exactly! I thought I had time warped into the 1950s or something.

  • jgilchr Jan 15, 2013

    At the heart of the broken system beyond Art Pope and McCronyism is the fact that this state is now in the pocket of Duke Energy. They were just let off the hook by the utilities commission on the merger, they will raise your rates,and coming soon you will an assault on the environment and clean energy on their behalf.

  • BigSteamnTurd Jan 15, 2013

    It's Bev's fault.

    Everything for the next decade that goes wrong is our first, and last, female Gov's fault.

  • golorealist Jan 15, 2013

    it's interesting how the new republican governor's top priority upon taking office appears to be finding ways to spend more money.

  • SMAPAEA Jan 15, 2013

    I wish my new boss had given me a raise when he started.

  • IPayYouPay Jan 15, 2013

    No, Mr. McCrory, the system is broken when you want to stop spending money except where your cabinet members are concerned. An 8% increase? Are you kidding me with this? Who's going to pay for it. Any decent person would turn that down like someone did in Ms. Perdue's term. I remember it well.

  • SMAPAEA Jan 15, 2013

    Spot on!!
    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Substantial raises for patronage jobs, but ignore the everyday workers.

  • Krimson Jan 15, 2013

    Infrastructure burns while McCrony in office... FAIL!

  • iron fist Jan 15, 2013

    If the government is involved its broken

  • pbjbeach Jan 15, 2013

    ALL I HAVE GOT TO SAY ABOUT THE WHILE IT SITUATION WITHIN STATE GOVERNMENT IS AS FOLLOWS ONE WORD WILL DESCRIBE THE ENTIRE SYSTEM FOR SURE AN IT IS THE BECON PAYROLL SYSTEM ENOUGH SAID THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Jan 15, 2013

    with all of these computer educated geeks that are in the raleigh chapel hill an other areas of central n.c an the colleges thta are supposly teacheing people tobe computer programers an techincinas it would appear to me that they could find qualitified computer geeks to be able to handle the ENTIRE IT DEPARTMENTS OF THE ENITRE STATE GOVERNMENT WITH THESE TYPE OF JOBS HAVING TO BE OUTSOURCE TO SOME COMPUTER MANFACTURING COMPANY AN THEY OVER PAID GEEKS . JUST THINK ABOUT IT STATE GOVERNMENT THATCAN AN HAS ALWAYS RUN FOR YAERS WITH THESE UNNECCESSARY STATE LETTING OF CONTRACTING CONTRATS FOR STATE SERVICE TO THE STATES TAXPAYERS . WHERE THAT THESE OVERPRICED COMPANYS ARE SOCKING IT TOO THE TAXPAYERS FOR THEIR SERVICES THESE DAY SO I SAY THAT STATE HIRED COMPUTER GEEKS COULD VERLYWELL HANDLE THE STATES IT PROGRAMS WITHOT THE NEED FOR THE OUTSOURCING PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS TO PRIVATE COMPUTER COMPANYS THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Jan 15, 2013

    geosol
    you have hit the peverbiral nail squarly on the head an have surely spoken the truth. the general public in this state just refuses to admitt to thing that they are bad an getting worse an will continue to get even worse under these repbulcians anright winged democrats for sure in the mcpope era for certain thank you

  • davidgnews Jan 15, 2013

    LOL, and the legislature on Jones St. hasn't been enough evidence already that the system is broken?

  • Terkel Jan 15, 2013

    A great part of the problem is that State govt does not want competent IT people. You will be a mediocrity that survives to live off the taxpayers the rest of your life, or you'll be harassed out within three years. Nothing in between.

  • Terkel Jan 15, 2013

    bill0, light rail falls under the infrastructure category. Most people distinguish types of "government programs". Who wouldn't be happy that cars got off the road, traffic eased for those who couldn't use the rail, and those who could, got to their destinations content, relaxed and already transitioned?

  • bill0 Jan 15, 2013

    Of course the state is using all sorts of outdated software and hardware. I've never heard anyone say otherwise. The question is whose taxes are going up to pay for the needed improvements?

    Conservatives are pretty excited about Pat right now, but they apparently aren't paying attention to his record. He's not a minimalist when it comes to government. As a mayor, he actively used the power of government (and taxes) to shape his city - including major spending projects like light rail. He's pro-business, but also very much pro-government programs.

  • jlp Jan 15, 2013

    "Why is spending your friend now?" - vinylcarwraps23

    Good point. It is obvious that Republicans have no problem with spending as long as they are doing and it is someone else is paying for it. And pay for it you will. When Co-Governors Art Pope and McCrory eliminate the income tax get ready for the sticker shock of the sales tax.

  • jgilchr Jan 15, 2013

    Yes but lets cut the pay of those who do the maintenance while we give the cabinet raises.

  • jlp Jan 15, 2013

    "That's a perfectly legitimate excuse for obama, but you know it won't fly when a Republican governor when they take over from a wasteful liberal governor." - driverkid3

    There are two ways to look at this. If we use the conservative world view, McCrory is a failure because he hasn't turned the state around the day after inauguration. This is what we heard from you people about Obama. The complaining started on day one.

    So I ask: When is Pat McCrory going to step up like a man and take some responsibility? We don't want to hear about the last governor. You are the governor now, shut up and do your job.

  • jlp Jan 15, 2013

    "So you're saying that the State government should run the infrastructure of the State's IT system on spit and bailing wire..." - Relic

    No we are saying that this is the reality of how government operates because people like you want the services that the government provides but you don't want to pay for it. Out of the reality of budget situations corners have been cut at all levels of government in order to provide the necessary services under budget constraints. Everyone wants something for nothing and you get what you pay for.

    The funny thing is the only plan Co-governors Art Pope and McCrory have is eliminating the income tax. So somehow we are going to build new state of the art data centers with dwindling revenue. You folks asked for it, now you're going to get it. This is only the beginning of ineffective governance.

  • Relic Jan 15, 2013

    Hang in there, its going to get uglier soon until we purge the lying hypocritical right wing REPUBLICANS from our government.

    Yeah. How about we wait a bit more than two weeks after the man took office before we declare the end of the world as we know it? Oh, and would someone counting the amount of the inaguration parade costs for NC please go to DC and tell me what the tab is for President Obama's shinding? Which is being held on a federal holiday so all the employees working get double-time? Want hypocrites? Look in the mirror. I have yet to find a DEMOCRAT that's any less a politician than a REPUBLICAN and vice-versa.

  • lprop Jan 15, 2013

    Mr. McCrory has to remember that everyone who contributed or voted for him became his customer and he has to be fair and equal to all. He ask for the job thru your vote so lets be patient and see what he does. Giving raises keeps everyone happy within now he has to go to work trying to satisfy everyone.

  • geosol Jan 15, 2013

    McPope is just getting started folks. Giving his already wealthy staff a big pay raise less than a week into office is only the beginning of the right wing hypocrisy that we will have to endure for the next four years. Expect higher taxes for the middle class and poor (already seeing that with the upcoming services tax imposed by the REPUBLICAN legislature), and expect to pay for things that were once provided by the government. But hey, the rich right wing REPUBLICANS will give themselves tax breaks, just like they give themselves raises while crying that "we're broke!!". Open your eyes, good people, THIS is what we warned you about. Hang in there, its going to get uglier soon until we purge the lying hypocritical right wing REPUBLICANS from our government.

  • goldenosprey Jan 15, 2013

    "Just because I get a raise doesn't mean you should get one also."- paultaylorsr100

    SO state employees who have been working with no effective raise for several years - the 1% didn't keep up with health premium increases- should not get a raise but the governor's Chosen Ones get a raise before they even sit at their desk? Republican logic.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 15, 2013

    " . . . he already handed out 8% raises.

    Just because I get a raise doesn't mean you should get one also. How 'bout if I get fired, does that mean you should also get fired? Democrat logic - he has more than me. I want part of his!!

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 15, 2013

    ". . . this current new governor could give a amn about the indivsual citizens of th is state as long as the ultra rich are getting. . . ."

    Wow! This sounds like an angry and spoiled left-wing unionized occupier!!! Could I be wrong?

  • cb100 Jan 15, 2013

    Did teachers get an 8% increase...I don't think so, but McCrory's pocket did. Now he wants to update the IT issues. Thats reasonable. What about our schools, are they going to get updates? Here come the higher taxes...

  • Save It Jan 15, 2013

    All those who whine and cry about spending ain't seen nothing yet. True spenders are now in office. You will simply accept Republican justification for spending because of biased party affiliation.

  • Brian Jenkins Jan 15, 2013

    That's a perfectly legitimate excuse for obama, but you know it won't fly when a Republican governor when they take over from a wasteful liberal governor.
    driverkid3
    January 15, 2013 10:42 a.m.
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    Again he already handed out 8% raises. What was your raise this year? Then a $3 MILLION dollar parade. LOL just shut it.

  • Brian Jenkins Jan 15, 2013

    driverkid, EVERYONE moaned and groaned about our IT system. Problem is none of y'all wanted to pay for a decent system. All we heard was squawking from the right and the business community when gas taxes went up with the old formula, or when schools were falling apart. Dems didn't run this state for 100 years by being liberal. We may have been slightly better off than SC or Miss. but we were never better than middlin' in many categories.
    goldenosprey
    January 15, 2013 11:04 a.m.
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    EXACTLY. DRIVERKID voted for MItt Romney and is now crying about banning guns too. How can you vote for a guy that banned guns then cry when someone is trying to ban guns? Such irrelevent trolls. Now DRIVERKID wants to spend spend spend on things they cried about under Bev. Then the clown has the nerve to call someone else a hypocrite. LOL get well soon DRIVERKID.

  • Brian Jenkins Jan 15, 2013

    How many of you same folks have groaned and moaned about the IT system being a massive failure when purdue was governor? Now, when you have a Governor that is wanting to do something to make it better and more efficient, you want to scream bloody murder about it. This smacks of the highest degree of hypocrisy on the dems part. But, that's nothing ubusual with the democrats.
    driverkid3
    January 15, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    I think those 8% raises he handed out and a $3 million parade would have helped the IT problem right? Why is spending your friend now?

  • goldenosprey Jan 15, 2013

    driverkid, EVERYONE moaned and groaned about our IT system. Problem is none of y'all wanted to pay for a decent system. All we heard was squawking from the right and the business community when gas taxes went up with the old formula, or when schools were falling apart.
    Dems didn't run this state for 100 years by being liberal. We may have been slightly better off than SC or Miss. but we were never better than middlin' in many categories.

  • SaveEnergyMan Jan 15, 2013

    The real problem is, of course, taking the low bid for all state contracts - which means the worst quality, and deferred maintenance over the last 4 years due to the recession. This is NOT a political issue or one that Republicans could have solved if they had been in the Governor's office. Not everything in gov't is political. Sometimes the laws of physics win.

  • driverkid3 Jan 15, 2013

    How many of you same folks have groaned and moaned about the IT system being a massive failure when purdue was governor? Now, when you have a Governor that is wanting to do something to make it better and more efficient, you want to scream bloody murder about it. This smacks of the highest degree of hypocrisy on the dems part. But, that's nothing ubusual with the democrats.

  • Hippy_mom Jan 15, 2013

    OCVFF, that's the easy way out: blame things on the previous administration. Both parties do it. Everyone wants the government to work well, be up-to-date on technology, etc., as it benefits the citizens served. The catch is that no one wants to pay for that. When I worked for the state, I mentioned to a friend I was going to a training session, to learn skills that would benefit me greatly in my job. His response was,"MY tax money is paying for that?!? That was years ago, but it clearly illustrates the point many have made here.

  • driverkid3 Jan 15, 2013

    OCVFF::::The Governor has inherited a mess left by the 2 former governors. Conditions in state buildings are terrible but funding has been used for other things by Easley and Perdue for their own agendas.

    That's a perfectly legitimate excuse for obama, but you know it won't fly when a Republican governor when they take over from a wasteful liberal governor.

  • pbjbeach Jan 15, 2013

    this current new governor could give a amn about the indivsual citizens of th is state as long as the ultra rich are getting their through contracting process an the toatl deregualtion of every major state agency in this stat to the point that they arent even allowed to do their assigned jobs dutys function because of the total deregualtion that both this governor an his mid (art pope ) have an are going to continue to set into place to continue their extractism of the state taxpayers reveune funding out of the state treasuary for the taxpayers to have to replace time an time an time again their is a never ending flow of fund to these repulbican an their copoarte whores at the expense of the state taxpayers thank you

  • pbjbeach Jan 15, 2013

    73ncsu74:
    this is issues thatyou cant blame on the state employee or their union or any other reason other than that the total deregualtion an the the privatization that has been pushed by the repbulcians in this state an thru their lobbyist for both easley an perdue to do their bidding for them an their lobbyist to give themwhat ever their little hearts desired as that both sleasley an perdue were right winged democrats thathave been fracking up the state for the last past approxmate 12 years or so an have done the bidding of the repbulcian party an their lobbyist with their privatization of an out sourceing of public setor employees an they one that theycouldn't out soucre thatere were honest state employee mearly looking to do their descriobed jobs dutys they wer4e forced in to retirement or either out right fired with out them even having real cause to do so because of the total deregulatory atmosphere that exist within the state government because of these repbulcians an the rig

  • xylem01 Jan 15, 2013

    Truly conservative!

  • TOMMYG Jan 15, 2013

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Substantial raises for patronage jobs, but ignore the everyday workers.

  • 27228 Jan 15, 2013

    Cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut....and then complain that things have been done on the cheap. You can't make this stuff up.

  • OCVFF Jan 15, 2013

    The Governor has inherited a mess left by the 2 former governors. Conditions in state buildings are terrible but funding has been used for other things by Easley and Perdue for their own agendas. Also, who enforces the fire and building codes for the state buildings???? A broom closet with no ventilation is a fire code violation. The state needs to get their act together before they start trying to tell local governments how to enforce the code that the violate every day.

  • corey3rd2 Jan 15, 2013

    Perhaps over a decade of state budget cutbacks makes things a little difficult to overhaul IT systems and construct new buildings around Raleigh.

  • 73ncsu74 Jan 15, 2013

    If you know people who care in the State IT department this is what they will tell you. For the FIRST TIME since Esley and Perdue took office they now have real IT professional in charge. Said they have asked for training for 12 years and got it the FIRST DAY they met the new boss. There is a NEW DAY in Raleigh-people who goof off better start looking for a job-dead beats are going out!!!

  • superman Jan 15, 2013

    Think some of you just jumped to conclusions. It said "a back up power supply". It did not say there was other stuff in the closet. It did not say there was other equipment there. You take a mole and make an elephant out of it.

  • Relic Jan 15, 2013

    I"t looks to me that just adding some ventilation to the computer storage rooms would prevent future fires an be a whole lot less expensive to the taxpayers of this state than tearing down whole buildings"

    It was in a broom closet. I've been to the Jones Building many times. Go by and take a look around and you tell me how "easy" it will be to run a ventilation to the area in question.

    IT improvements are about better security, safety and more efficient operation. You know, things that Democrats didn't care much about while they were trying to throw money at "programs" and the "precious schools". The difference between spending money on IT and throwing it at the schools is that it will make the IT situation better.

  • Relic Jan 15, 2013

    "Want to upgrade all these closets? This is going to get expensive. There is a reason they cheap out on this stuff, it still works and it costs a lot less."

    So you're saying that the State government should run the infrastructure of the State's IT system on spit and bailing wire because there's only been one fire and it "costs less"? And when that system goes down, costing taxpayers more to fix and replace and upgrade and delays in services by the state Democrats will be screaming bloody murder about how the Governor "was too cheap to maintain the vital State IT system." I have seen several IT areas of state agencies. They are unsafe, outdated and lack any overall coordination and interoperability.

  • goldenosprey Jan 15, 2013

    What? our "lavish spending dems" didn't set up something as nice and sophisticated as they have in the private sector? Shocking! Next you'll tell me state employees don't make more $ and have better bennies than their private sector counterparts. The Gov must feel like he's really slumming it.

  • beachbum1 Jan 15, 2013

    Maybe he should use the money he wants to use for raises for his staff to fix the buildings and IT network instead.
    TarHeel4Rea

    EXACTLY!

  • pbjbeach Jan 15, 2013

    it looks to me that just adding some ventilation to the computer storage rooms would prevent future fires an be a whole lot less expensive to the taxpayers of this state than tearing down whole buildings an reletting another whole new contract for the rebuilding of new computer storage rooms hey have they every fixed the states payroll system that were messing over state employees paychecks an have they fixed the wonderful becon payroll system as yet .that system was costing the heckout of state employees that were being denied their overtime paycheck payments by this so called system thank you

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