Perdue Wants To Shrink State Government, Freeze Hiring

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to consolidate three agencies that employ state troopers, probation officers and juvenile counselors into one Cabinet-level department.

Perdue said Thursday that the proposed Department of Public Safety would save money and improve efficiency. It would include the current Departments of Correction, Juvenile Justice and Crime Control and Public Safety.

The governor also called for a hiring freeze of non-critical positions in all of her cabinet agencies and asked Council of State and other agencies to do the same.

Perdue also wants to shift the Employment Security Commission to the Commerce Department and bring in the State Controller's Office into an expanded Department of Administration.

Many of the changes would require legislative approval.

Perdue told a group of business leaders in Pinehurst she would release more details early next year.


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  • by Rob Location: Holden Beach on Dec 15, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    I just pull for Jeff Gordon!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    In this economy, it would not be too difficult to find persons with four year degrees who would desire to become TA's. It would raise the status of TA's as well.
  • by Sami Caldwell The Tallest Location: Albemarle Sound on Dec 10, 2010 at 04:56 PM
    How does a person from Goldsboro know so much about Marine Fisheries?
  • by bertieout Location: eastern nc on Dec 10, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    this is really goverment at its best. to all u people who voted her in i hope u like this bull. a hiring freeze, maybe if she would make some of these people who have over 30 years with the state, retire and let other people finally get the promotions they deserve. it would save some money. most people will be glad when her time is up in office. 2012 will not be here soon enough.
  • by to OSOC on Dec 10, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    Haha, reverting to half-truths and threats! That's hilarious! My apologies to Common Sense, who's post i did not read. Very good points my friend. I also apologize to other posters for continuing to keep these comments off topic. To Paul: agreed. Though, I've never had to fire a Hispanic for not showing up, or stealing, or drug use, etc... As for OSOC, please continue to prove your ignorance with hearsay and "Hoodish" rhetoric. In fact, you keep being a joke and I'll create my own WITN screen name: "To OSOC." Therefor, whenever I post it will solely be to denounce whatever self-serving, misinformed idea you've decided to share with us. So just to drive it home to you: 1)employer hires Hispanic. 2)Hispanic has taxes removed from check just like everyone else. 3)Hispanic utilizes all government subsidized amenities just like everyone else. 4)Except: Hispanic cannot apply for Medicaid/care, cannot receive Soc Sec benefits, cannot drive legally ($250 per ticket). Who's benefiting here?
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    Why not a spending freeze! Fund only those things the state is actually responsible for like education, roads and prisons and stop funding nearly everything else!
  • by Paul Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Common Sense Location: E NC on Dec 9, 2010 at 06:30 PM The reason contractors and landscapers hire illegal aliens is to compete with those that hire illegal aliens. Being a contractor over 30 years I can say 20 years ago we did not have any hispanic employees and neither did our competition. We were all doing better than we are now.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:35 AM
    I called to talk to my state repersentative three different times this year, each time I was told she was out of the country. I wonder what she need three trips overseas to see about fixing the drainage in my ditch.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    "governor also called for a hiring freeze of non-critical positions" Excuse me but shouldn't this always be the case when your using taxpayer money!! Why were you hiring for non-critical positions in the first place. If they are not critical to the function of state agencies then you are just growing the bureaucracy! Nice that in calling for the hiring freeze she admits to bloating the state workforce.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:23 AM
    She just hired a person in the school system that the courts made her fire after she illegally hired him to run the already run school system by the state superintentent. 100k folks. and now she wants to cut, what am I missing here. Oh, I forgot a career politician.
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