With more news about furloughs today (Under the Dome, Page 3B), I went back and pulled what Gov. Beverly Perdue had to say about them during her discussion with the editorial board last week. State Treasurer Janet Cowell has cautioned lawmakers that forced furloughs for state workers might affect the state's bond rating. House Speaker Joe Hackney wants furloughs on the budget-hole-filling table, but Perdue says other states have found that furloughs cause more trouble than they're worth.
Maybe it's because we're faced with the devastating loss of 27 more newsroom colleagues that I found Gov. Beverly Perdue's discussion of retraining efforts for white-collar workers one of the more interesting things she talked about in a meeting with the ed board last week. She said it's really the first time the country has been faced with trying to retrain high-finance and high-tech workers for other fields (not that we're high-tech or high-income here at ye ol' N&O, you understand).
Take a listen.
See photos from the funeral for former N.C. Governor Bob Scott. Photos by staff photojournalist
See photos from Gov. Beverly Perdue's first day in office. Photos by News and Observer staff photographer Shawn Rocco.
Video: Governor Beverly Perdue takes the oath of office Saturday, January 10, 2009, during an inauguration ceremony in Raleigh. (Staff video by Travis Long)
Here are the links to the excerpts of interviews with the gubernatorial candidates. The posts had fallen off the main Opinion Shop page, and I didn't want you to have to search for them. Feel free to comment here on our endorsement. What's your top priority for the next governor?
You have to wonder how many points Libertarian Mike Munger will go up in the gubernatorial polls just for being able to stand between two snipers at Wednesday night's debate without getting shot. (Thursday, Page 1A)
... and the Board of Transportation and school vouchers, among other things. The N&O's multimedia team put together some video of gubernatorial candidate Bev Perdue's visit with the editorial department Wednesday. View it here.
Gubernatorial candidate Bev Perdue (Dwane Powell sketch shown here) met with the editorial board today and offered an eight-point plan for "changing the face of North Carolina state government." Four of her points involve beefing up accountability. She also wants to strip state boards, such as the Board of Transportation, of voting power, making them advisory boards only. Here's a snippet of her talking about how high she would set the ethics bar in her own Democratic administration.