Legislators: They Won't Micromanage State Departments Running Museums, Historic Sites

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A subcommittee of a General Assembly oversight panel has declined to recommend if certain historical sites or museums operated by the state of North Carolina should be closed or their hours curbed in the interest of cost savings and efficiencies.

The legislators met Tuesday and didn't make suggestions to the full Program Evaluation Oversight Committee based on a report released earlier this month.

Subcommittee leader Rep. Edgar Starnes of Caldwell County said lawmakers felt it wasn't their place to micromanage two state departments that run museums and historic sites, leaving such decisions to budget-writers.

The report by the Legislature's fiscal watchdog agency recommended the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City and the Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston be closed and operating hours reduced at seven other locations.

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  • by Blah Blah Blah Location: Jacksonville on Mar 1, 2012 at 04:41 AM
    Taxman, you obviously have no idea how these state agencies are run. "Their own little enterprise?" What is that supposed to mean? None of these agencies operates as their own little enterprise. And as for elected officials having oversight and accountability, the DO. They select the department heads for these agencies and control the budgets these agencies receive. I'd call that oversight.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Feb 29, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    Somebody elected officials responsible to the citizens for the public tax money these groups receive needs to have oversight and control and some level of accountability . Many of these groups have set themselves up as "guardians" of some museum or cemetary or whatever and establish their own little enterprise based on public tax money.
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      by Blah Blah Blah on Mar 1, 2012 at 04:37 AM in reply to taxman
      You obviously have no idea how these state agencies are run. "Their own little enterprise?" None of these state agencies operates as their own little enterprise. And the elected officials DO have oversight control over these agencies in that they pick who the department secretaries are and they oversee the budget these agencies receive. I'd call that oversight.
  • by Dark Horse on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:16 AM
    Yeah right. Sure they won't micromanage. "Close everything," that's their mantra.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to Dark Horse
      Just like you do at home. When you run out of money....don't you stop spending? Focus should be to get the most for you money, just like home. The state was living on lobster with a Burger King budget.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:26 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        What grade are you in again?
  • by Beachbum3 on Feb 29, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    well isn't that good news for the masses for they ahve certainly micro-manged everthing else to the poit that they have completely destroyed the ncdot's asbility for it's personnal to be able to actual do their stated jobs dutys all in the name of complete an total deregulation that has allowed for contracting enioty across this sate too be an receive unlawful payment from the taxpoayers of this state thank you

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