Perdue Alerts Lawmakers On Reorganization Plan

Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue says her state government reorganization will create a leaner and more efficient operation that will save North Carolina taxpayer dollars.

Perdue signed an executive order Friday that lays out her previously announced plan to consolidate more than a dozen agencies and departments into eight Cabinet-level offices. The state constitution gives her authority to shift around agencies, but she'll need support from the Republican-led Legislature to carry it out fully.

Senate leader Phil Berger says he's been briefed on the plan and generally likes what he hears.

Perdue's proposal would create a Department of Public Safety that merges three current departments. The governor also wants to move the Employment Security Commission to the Commerce Department.

Perdue's office says the proposal could save $47 million next year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by JusticeForAll on Mar 27, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    The first "reorganization" that NC needs it to replace the Governor and Attorney General (and many of the Legislators as well) with people who actually believe in the Rule of Law, and who follow the NC Constitution, rather than spending their time finding "creative" ways around it...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    Here is how I think a Q&A would go with this governor from a prospective business. Governor do you have good political leaders in North Carolina? Governor anweres: Certainly we do, everyone of our leaders that has been sent to prison for corruption has been released early for good behavior. Now that is what I call good leaders.
  • by state empployee Location: NC on Mar 26, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    It is great to reorganize, but most of the upper managment that loose slots probably have enough years in to retire. It will hurt the support staff that lose thier jobs. The layoff will not be just upper management, it will be the little guy too.
  • by Taxpayer2 Location: ENC on Mar 26, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    @ Stokes, don't worry, did you read anything about her actually reducing the job numbers? But it'll look good on paper.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Government at work 4 crew members to fill a 12" pot hole, two to shovel asphalt and two to watch. Gov. don't forget not only to look at your administrators, look down to the working idiots of DOT.
  • by Chuck WireWiggler Location: ChazWorld, Hyde Branch on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    I agree with what she is planning. however, she has been in gubment over 25 years, why has it taken her so long to have an epiphany. I guess NC isn't in line to get as much (free) money from the Feds this go-round. Want to save some state money look into the state ITS dept, they are worse than owning a boat.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Mar 25, 2011 at 05:45 PM
    It will be painful to the employee and their family but government needs to run as efficiently as possible. With coming cuts in the Government sector we need to find ways to create job openings in the Private sector.
  • by clint on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    I'm with her on this one. That said if there weren't such a crisis she would be working on growing the govt. and spending all she could. Without the republicans in charge right now she probably would regardless. always.. Obama, "One and and Done" Just like good ole Bev! Count on it!!
  • by Great plan! on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    I think it is a great plan, most of those people in those upper government jobs are doing nothing but horsin around anyway wasting our tax dollars hince the cut!!! Save our money and give jobs to someone who will do them efficiently.
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      by anon on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:02 PM in reply to Great plan!
      But those upper government people hire you and everyone else who shops at Walmart to mow their lawns, clean their houses,rake their leaves, clean their boats,wash their cars, etc , etc, etc. It's how NC works .
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    Since when is it the govt's job to employ people just to employ them? My taxes are high enough and we can't afford duplicate admins to accomplish the same results. Private industry learned long ago to streamline, and do more with less. Thats the problem with govt. It doesn't compete, so it doesn't worry about a profit or providing a good service for the price. Govt will always be in Business. The local florist will not. I haven't agreed with everything she has done, but she as spread the hurt around, and she will answer to the voters. My answer is dictated by my taxes. I pay enough.
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