Gov. Perdue: Incentives Needed To Attract Companies To NC

Gov. Beverly Perdue says she needs sweeter incentives at her disposal so she compete financially with surrounding states in the game to lure expanding companies to North Carolina.

Perdue told reporters Wednesday at the Executive Mansion she intends to talk with General Assembly members early next year about boosting her ability to attract firms that will create jobs in the state.

Expanding incentives may be difficult in a Republican-controlled Legislature next year. Many GOP lawmakers say the best incentives come from lowering the top corporate and individual income tax rates and reducing regulation.

Perdue also said she was willing to examine expanding state-run gambling and privatizing the state liquor system. The changes could bring extra revenues to narrow a potential $3.7 billion budget gap next year.

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