Perdue Assures State Employees Economy Will Improve

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue says she knows state employees have been forced to do more with less but reassured them that things are getting better.

Perdue spoke Saturday at the annual meeting of the State Employees Association in Greensboro. In prepared remarks, she said she and the state personnel director are working to improve benefits for state employees, including adding $10,000 of accidental death benefits at no cost and a hands-on wellness program. She also defended her veto of a bill that she said would have wrongly expanded what requests and documents General Assembly members can keep secret. She says the bill would have allowed some state employees to be treated differently than others and could have brought criminal penalties on some.

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