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perdue_office of gov banner_nyreblog_com_.jpgBRAC Budget Reform Commission Meets, Launches New Webpage

Gov. Perdue on Tuesday convened the first meeting of the Budget Reform and Accountability Commission (BRAC) and launched a new Webpage, brac.nc.gov , so that citizens may make recommendations to the commission.

"As North Carolina continues to be deeply affected by this national recession, state government must ensure that every tax dollar is used as efficiently and wisely as possible," Perdue said.  "I look forward to working with BRAC members to meet these challenges head-on, without shying away from politically tough decisions."

Perdue established BRAC in January via Executive Order #5 to locate and eliminate wasteful expenditures while increasing efficiency in government.

In the short term, the commission is expected to come up with ideas that can be enacted quickly to help the state save money.  Its goal will be to have recommendations in time for next year's legislative short session.

In the long term, BRAC will examine state government and make innovative recommendations to:

• eliminate unnecessary or unsuccessful programs;
• consolidate where possible and ensure we are investing effectively and efficiently;
• and to streamline the way state government works.

Suggestions for initiatives that BRAC will consider may come from a variety of sources, including state agencies, BRAC members, and from the public at large.  The commission also urges citizens to make recommendations using the new Webpage, brac.nc.gov .

Governor Rides the Bus for the First Day of School

Gov. Perdue on Tuesday took the bus to school with kids from Conn Elementary in Raleigh.  She talked with parents and excited kids waiting for the bus on their first day back from summer vacation.  When she arrived at the school, Gov. Perdue visited classrooms, spoke with teachers and addressed the students on the school's morning TV news show.

Click here for a video news clip of the event.

Governor Fully Restores School Lottery Funds

Gov. Bev Perdue today announced she is fully restoring funds to the lottery capital fund for public schools.

"When the national recession created a shortfall of billions of dollars, I had to turn over every stone to pay North Carolina's bills -- to pay teachers, to keep schools and other core services running," Perdue said. "With our bills paid and the books for last fiscal year cleared out, I'm restoring the school construction lottery funds in full, which means North Carolina's public schools will receive another $37.6 million next week."

In February, Perdue withheld $37.6 million during the 2008-09 fiscal year from the Public School Building Capital Fund to ensure the state had sufficient resources to manage cash flow and payroll obligations. That money is being restored using funds left over from the 2008-09 fiscal year.

Click here for a list of funds going to each county.

Gov. Perdue Signs Bill to Attract More Film Industry Jobs

Gov. Bev Perdue on Thursday signed Senate Bill 943 allowing production companies a 25 percent tax credit for film projects in North Carolina, up from the previous credit of 15 percent.  The bill also sets minimum spending and hiring requirements for qualifying film companies working in the state.

"This legislation will help grow our $91 million motion picture industry, preserve and create thousands of jobs and increase investments in yet another emerging economic cluster," said Perdue. "Providing a strong foundation for North Carolina's film industry is essential as we work to build a strong and sustainable economy through increased diversification."

SB 943 ensures North Carolina remains a strong competitor for film production dollars, which totaled $91 million in direct spending in 2008.  The industry employs more than 2,500 statewide.  Recent major motion pictures filmed in the state include "Nights in Rodanthe," "Leatherheads" and "The Secret Life of Bees."  The N.C. film industry is also home to the CW Network's "One Tree Hill" TV series as well as hundreds of commercial and industrial productions each year throughout the state.

More than 800 movies have been filmed in North Carolina.  The state is well known for supporting its motion picture industry with a strong infrastructure and a bevy of locations that can stand in for sites throughout the world.  North Carolina boasts an exceptional variety of filming locations from the mountains to the coast, and a world-class film industry infrastructure. Wilmington's EUE Screen Gems, home of the largest studio lot east of California, recently opened the largest film and television production soundstage on the East Coast.

For more details on the N.C. Film Office, go to: http://www.ncfilm.com/ .

Gov. Perdue Announces 45 New Jobs at Sara Lee

Gov. Bev Perdue on Wedneday announced that Sara Lee will be creating 45 new jobs at their factory in Tarboro. The new jobs come from an $11 million capital investment by Sara Lee for the addition of an equipment line to make biscuits.

"Sara Lee's $11 million investment in North Carolina is a testament to our state's top-rated business climate," said Perdue. "And because of our strong and talented workforce Sara Lee will continue to expand its operations here."

Sara Lee currently employees 808 people at its Tarboro factory. The Tarboro facility was just awarded "Plant of the Year" by Sara Lee. The biscuit production will add five million lbs to the 97 million lbs of food product the facility turns out every year.

Governor's schedule for the coming week

Saturday, August 29
- Sanford-Hunt-Frye Dinner, Charlotte
Sunday, August 30
- State Board of Education Conference Call
Monday, August 31
- Grand Opening of the Sequoyah National Golf Club
Tuesday, September 1
- H1N1 Videoconference
Wednesday, September 2
- Great Smoky Mountain Rededication, Newfound Gap
Thursday, September 3
- Office Time - Western Office
Saturday, September 5
- UNC v. The Citadel