Governor Perdue Seeks Federal Funds To Improve State Job Market

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is making a quick trip to Washington in her hunt for federal dollars that could improve the state's jobs picture.

Perdue planned to follow a morning of meetings in Raleigh on Monday with a trip to the nation's capital. She planned to meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to talk about using federal stimulus money to extend the reach of broadband Internet service to rural areas. Perdue spokesman David Kochman said she's hoping to position the state to collect more recovery dollars.

Kochman said Perdue will meet with defense industry executives at a Washington conference, where she will highlight North Carolina's strength and potential for defense businesses.

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  • by Coach M Location: Roaky Mount on Oct 6, 2009 at 03:02 AM
    PUREBREAD: You mean the same ancesters that stole the land in the first place...LOL. Gues there is alot of anchor babies.
  • by PUREBREAD on Oct 5, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    Econ what you dont understand is that when companies layoff thier help they are cutting spending.In massive layoffs like this day in time companies DO NOT hire the same help they had back.They will hire an illigal immigrant which most of the money will not go back into the economy it will go you know where.In turn these people will make children (AKA ANCHOR BABIES) and ruin the health care system even more.So get off your high liberal horse and THINK about your ancesters that got you where you are today
  • by Wayne Location: Havelock on Oct 5, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    Econ,It feels weird to actually have a decent conversation on posts! Thanks for that. But anyway, We are absolutely in agreement on this. My wife owns a service related business. Right now it is very hard on her to keep all of her employees. We take a loss about half of the month to keep these people employed because they have families. So yes we are REALLY holding onto what we have for fear of not knowing what tomorrow brings. IF the Gov starts a service related tax like she has been talking about OR raises the taxes just slightly more, we have to lay off as our savings account is going down trying to help keep the employees. So the difference that you point out between us is true. I would be more inclined to give the government slack if I truly thought that they had our best interest at heart. If I am wrong on this, then if they would have better communication with goals and objectives other that "This will help Ya'll" I would be the first to jump on the band wagon with them.
  • by Satan on Oct 5, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    Why doesn't she solve this problem herself, with all the crooked and wasteful spending that she is a part of and stop worrying about the federal reserve printing off dollars to make her pocket book fat.
  • by Fran Location: NC on Oct 5, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    What is she spending all the money she already has on? More piers at Nags Head? She just raised taxes in the state over a billion dollars. She needs to say NO to all of the non essential spending and pork in the bills. What is it with some of these people they get in office and are money hungry to see how much of other peoples money the can wastefully spend?
  • by Ed Location: NC on Oct 5, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    I agree with all of the previous comments that there will be little that comes out of this trip to DC which will be of substantial benefit to NC. This trip is primarily an attempt to create the impression that the governor is doing something to help the economy. If she doesn't go after the stimulus money, she is going to face criticism as to why NC didn't get it's share of the federal package. Her time would be better spent creating an environment which encourages new business to locate in NC and existing business to maintain or increase the number of employess. Unfortunately our elected officials want to spend money for short term fixes rather than to implement long term solutions so they can make it through the next election.
  • by Econ Location: G'vilee on Oct 5, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    Wayne, I think you're right about this one example. I just used the internet contract as an example. Moreover, I think you're exactly right when you say that "... there are many more areas ... for sustained growth." In hard times like these, businesses and individuals don't like to spend money and that's understandable; if there is little confidence in the future, people don't want to spend what they're not sure they can easily replace. That only leaves government spending to drive the economy. I guess perhaps the major difference between you and me is that I may be more inclined to cut the government a little more slack right now. But I bet we agree that in good times, we wish the government would let the consumers and businesses drive the economy.
  • by Wayne Location: Havelock on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:27 AM
    Econ, I do agree with you on how it all works. BUT..with this situation I don't believe that it applies. The current main companies that are installing this service will not be hiring additional people for this service. This will be more of a job security situation for longer term. (Which is good). The electronics and raw goods come from out of state because of contract obligations. And most of the electronics come from overseas. So in the long run, the major companies get more money for more people with internet with little short term job growth and even less long term growth. I believe that there are many more areas that should be looked at for sustained growth.
  • by what? on Oct 5, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    Wayne - you aren't the only one...I need explanation of this myself. Why did the majority of voters think she was going to be a positive for NC?
  • by Econ Location: G'ville on Oct 5, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    Wayne, I know you were using sarcasm in your question about the job market. But it really is a valid question that people don't understand. The companies get the stimulus money via a contract with the government. The money will buy equipment (amplifiers, routers, cable, etc) and pay workers to install the equipment and cable. Companies that make the equipment will use that money to pay their workers and to buy raw materials from suppliers (who also use a part of the money to pay their workers). Installing companies will use the money to hire (or re-hire) workers to do the installation. Most of the money eventually finds its way back into the economy in the form of wages to workers who then spend it to support their families. And, yes, they also pay taxes with it so the government can then spend it again. The more times a dollar is spent, the more the economy benefits. Saved money may look good to individuals but it's death to an economy.
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