NC Governor formally proposes government restructuring plan
RALEIGH, North Carolina: In a move to help close a looming $2.4 billion budget gap, Governor Beverly Perdue (D) signed Executive Order #85, formally presenting her plan for reorganizing state government to the North Carolina General Assembly. Perdue first announced her plan back in December, and is now calling it the largest state government restructuring in 30 years.
Perdue's plan, which is already reflected in her budget proposal, seeks to consolidate 13 state agencies with similar functions and services into 8. She has said the plan could save hundreds of millions in the long run. Her restructuring proposal includes consolidating three public safety related agencies into one, combining Commerce and the Employment Security Commission into one agency, and absorbing the Office of State Personnel and Information Technology Services into the Department of Management and Administration.
Perdue stated, “I am determined to set government straight for the people of North Carolina, and to save taxpayer dollars in the process. I’ve told the legislative leadership I consider this phase one of a broader reorganization, and I am willing to work with them to create a new state government that is leaner, more efficient and more able to withstand the trials of a global economic recession.”
The Republican-led legislature has been generally receptive of the plan, with Senate leader Phil Berger saying, "I think that this sounds to me like a practical way to approach what I think we all agree is a needed restructuring." If the legislature does not act on the plan by the end of the session in 2012, it would become law.