Gov. Bev Perdue today issued the following statement:
"Speaker Tillis today said the federal recovery money over the past two years caused "problems.' I do not believe it is a problem to create 25,000 jobs across the state, to put 202 police officers on the street -- 50 of them in Charlotte, to provide loans and grants that enabled 5,500 North Carolinians to become home owners, to support students at 125 colleges, community colleges or vocational training centers through Pell grants, to put teachers in classrooms or to stabilize drinking water systems. And the next time Speaker Tillis flies out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, he may be comforted to know that the baggage on his flight has been checked by a state of the art screening system paid for by the money that he believes has caused problems."