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Perdue, local leaders meet on economic issues

Posted December 17, 2008 4:02 a.m. EST
Updated December 17, 2008 5:41 p.m. EST

— 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.