Gov. Perdue announces economic recovery workshop for local representatives, businesses and citizens in Charlotte area

Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that the N.C. Office of Economic Recovery and Investment (OERI) will hold the sixth in a series of workshops across the state providing information and guidance to local municipalities, businesses and interested citizens on how the federal recovery funds will be administered. Gov. Perdue will speak at the Charlotte workshop on June 18, at 2:30 p.m. at the Harris Conference Center on the Harris Campus of Central Piedmont Community College, near Charlotte Douglas International Airport (3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, formerly CPCC West Campus Drive). Continue reading

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Senator Eddie Goodall Memorial Day message

From the office of NC Senator Eddie Goodall:

During this extended weekend, let us not forget that for many families this weekend serves as a solemn reminder of loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. Through their sacrifice we can enjoy the full blessings and freedoms America provides.

I hope everyone will take time during your weekend gatherings and church services to put your thoughts and prayers towards those families and their loved ones who are no longer with us.

And for those currently serving locally and overseas, we pray that you may swiftly and safely return to your families. The liberties we all too often take for granted are made secure through your unwavering service.

(Senator Eddie Goodall served in the NC National Guard’s 113th Field Artillery Division, Bravo Battery from 1970 – 1976)

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Need a job? Check out Gov. Perdue’s web site

Gov. Bev Perdue today launched the JobsNOW Portal, a resource for job seekers, those exploring new career options, and entrepreneurs looking to start, grow or relocate a business in North Carolina.

“JobsNOW will help get our economy back on track and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future,” said Gov. Perdue. “The JobsNOW Portal will be a valuable tool for job seekers and businesses looking to expand or relocate.” Continue reading

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Two-thirds of NC voters want charter school cap raised

Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina voters (65 percent) favor the state legislature passing a law to raise the current cap on public charter schools, according to a public opinion survey released today. The survey found that support for lifting the cap was strongest among African Americans (69 percent). Support is also strong among parents (66 percent) and across party lines—65 percent of registered Democrats favor increasing the number of charter schools, as do 70 percent of unaffiliated voters and 61 percent of Republicans. Continue reading

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Mandatory pay cut for North Carolina teachers

Gov. Bev. Perdue announced today additional measures to ensure a balanced budget by June 30. All teachers’ and state employees’ compensation will be reduced by an annualized amount equivalent to 0.5 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year. Each employee will receive 10 hours of flexible time off in exchange.

“North Carolina continues to experience the effects of a national economic crisis, which force me to make difficult decisions in order to maintain a balanced budget through June,” said Gov. Perdue. “I will do what I must in order to ensure that North Carolina can pay our bills and provide the essential services required by our citizens.”

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