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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