Perdue and GOP leader square off on jobs

NC Governor Beverly Perdue

April 8, 2011 2:36:32 AM PDT
Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue took on Republican leaders at the Legislature on the issue of who's best at creating jobs in North Carolina's recovering economy Thursday.

Perdue held a news conference Thursday at the state Commerce Department headquarters to talk about what she characterized as the General Assembly's lack of focus on jobs during this session.

With state unemployment sitting around 9.6 percent, Perdue has been on a "jobs tour" around the state the past two weeks in which she's talked about public education and urging lawmakers to talk less about social issues.

Perdue told reporters Thursday she's done everything she can to grow jobs. She charged that Republicans have not.

"I don't wake up every day and see that jobs are the priority and education is the priority. And for 2 and a half years I've been all about jobs and education," said Perdue.

Just before the Governor spoke, Republicans went on the offensive - saying exactly the same thing about Governor Perdue.

"I'm just saying look at the results of what she's done up to this point. Bev Perdue has been in leadership in state Government for the past quarter century. What is the result? That's all I'm saying," offered Senate Republican leader Phil Berger.

The Republicans and Perdue do agree in some areas. Both say lowering the corporate income tax rate would improve the economic environment.

On Friday, Perdue will make another announcement about jobs in the Triangle.

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