There was no shortage of topics, of course, when Gov. Beverly Perdue spent some time today with The N&O's editorial board and news department. She talked of the economy, naturally, and of North Carolina's unemployment rate, about a need for re-education programs for white-collar workers. She hit the highlights of her budget and talked with pride about covering 8,000 more uninsured children and about offering tax credits for respite care and for small businesses. She answered questions about how much she's counting on the federal stimulus money and about sentencing laws.
And then there were questions about — what else? — basketball.
I'm planning to post more significant snippets when I have time, but for tonight, here's Perdue offering her hopes for Carolina. Asking the questions is N&O Executive Editor John Drescher.
UPDATE: I've added a clip of Perdue's talking about how the state's situation is too critical for lawmakers to waste any time on partisan fighting.