What Governor Beverly Perdue calls her “Jobs Tour” swung by Raleigh Thursday (April 7) to criticize Republicans in the legislature for not focusing on creating jobs. She said GOP lawmakers are working on too many other side issues. The Governor wanted those diversions put aside.
Republican Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger called Perdue’s “Jobs Tour” a diversion from failed policies and an excuse for fundraising. He said the state had lost over 100,000 jobs since Perdue became Governor. Berger countered many of issues lawmakers are working on are changing policies to create an atmosphere in which the private sector can create jobs. He said those include not raising taxes, cutting taxes and changing rules that are too restrictive on businesses. Berger also asserted the Governor and others were not straight with the people about the budget gap. Perdue has said the budget deficit dropped to just under $2 billion, but Berger said the numbers he’s seen still have the hole at $2.5 billion. He also noted spending steadily increased over the last several years under Democratic control and it was not cut as claimed.