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Perdue wants to combine criminal justice agencies

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

PINEHURST, NC (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to consolidate three agencies that employ state troopers, probation officers and juvenile counselors into one Cabinet-level department.

Perdue said Thursday that the propsed Department of Public Safety would save money and improve efficency. It would include the current Departments of Correction, Juvenile Justice and Crime Control and Public Safety.

Perdue also wants to shift the Employment Security Commission to the Commerce Department and bring in the State Controller's Office into an expanded Department of Administration. Many of the changes would require legislative approval.

Perdue told a group of busines leaders in Pinehurt she would release more details early next year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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abc system

She must have too many cronies in the ABC system. What a shame. The state could save millions and make even more millions if it were abolished.

Her Plan Goes

much further. The announcement yesterday confirmed the merging of additional departmets including Social Services. She also addressed the computer glitch issues noting an outside consultant would come in and determine how to fix a broken system. She also talked about eliminating some of the high paying Commissions such as the Utility Commission.

And she went further. There will be layoffs. It will be painful.

She did not however announce a morratorium on travel by the Governor or her entourage. Nor did she confirm how she will work with a republican controlled Legislature.

Should be an interesting legislative session.

One still has to question how the Legislature can shave 15% from the amount budgeted for this current fiscal year without touching Education. Maybe the first to be laid off will be that well paid Education Co-ordinator who was hired this past summer.