Perdue: $2 Million Temp Job Funds Will Create Post-Irene Cleanup, Repair Jobs

The federal government recently set aside $2 million for temporary jobs to help the state recover from Hurricane Irene, and Governor Beverly Perdue addressed the funds during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday in Greenville.

Governor Perdue said some of the money will be used to help fund 200 cleanup, repair, renovation and reconstruction jobs for workers dislocated by the storm. Initial estimates have more than 1,100 homes in the state destroyed by the hurricane, and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Perdue says the temporary jobs will help with debris removal, which is moving slowly despite everyone's hard work.

"There's still a lot of debris along people's yards and streets - and the debris has just been massive across Eastern Carolina. It's been more than I've ever seen, even from a tornado," said Governor Perdue.

About $750,000 will be released to the state immediately, with the rest of the money available if North Carolina demonstrates a need for it.

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  • by PhoneJack Location: G-Vegas on Sep 25, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    Yeah a Luncheon that was paid by the Tax payers to make Herself look good
  • by Jys Say No on Sep 21, 2011 at 03:48 AM
    Thanks Bev for asking daddy to turn on the money machine for us TAXPAYERS to have to pay back.
  • by Out of work on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:10 AM
    Too bad all this money will be awarded to out of state contractors.....
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      by Out Of Work TOO on Sep 21, 2011 at 03:16 AM in reply to Out of work
      No joke.All that clean up in dare county is going to companies out of florida,missouri,and a couple other states leaving the local guy with nothing but food stamps.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:51 PM
    Quit wasting taxpayer money. Use the workforce you have that will cost the least...prisoners.
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      by granny on Sep 21, 2011 at 03:59 AM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      How about you add the porch sitter baby factories to that.
      • reply
        by Frank Sinatra on Sep 21, 2011 at 03:48 PM in reply to granny
        Not a bad idea Granny, theres always room for 1 more.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: NC on Sep 20, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    This is some good news to hear with so much cleanup still left to be done in the State. For the people that have full-time jobs, they don't have much daylight time to clean up once they get home from work. For the people out there that have not had any luck finding a job, this is a good opportunity to apply for something part-time. Every dollar helps! I wish each of you the best in filling these temp positions when you apply.....take advantage of this if you are able.

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