Gov.-elect Pat McCrory is joining Republican lawmakers who are calling for Gov. Bev Perdue to back down from her Dix park plan.
A spokesman for McCrory issued this statement: "Governor-Elect McCrory believes it is best for North Carolina to hold on any major decisions like the Dorothea Dix campus until he and the legislature can study the impact to North Carolina taxpayers and ensure it does not adversely impact the state," Ricky Diaz said. "The process should be transparent and allow sufficient time for public review and feedback with the needs of the mental health community in mind."
Perdue responded to the GOP criticism Tuesday afternoon by saying the state is fiscally secure and the consolidation of state Heath and Human Services will actually save taxpayer money. She expressed regret that "in the first few weeks after a very heated campaign season, that some of North Carolina’s leaders continue to try to divide people by political party and not bring people together.”
Here's her full statement:
“During the last four years, in the worst economic climate since the great depression, North Carolina is one of eight states that has retained its AAA bond rating. We have seen the largest number of our children graduate from high school. We have again been named the best place in the nation to do business. My administration has focused on efficiencies in state government through consolidating, eliminating, and right-sizing public services.
"The Dorothea Dix property and the consolidation of DHHS would save taxpayers nearly $100 million, move employees from 60 separate facilities into five buildings on one campus, and it would preserve green space in a metropolitan area that is expected to grow by more than 1 million people in the next 10 years.
"It is a shame that in the first few weeks after a very heated campaign season, that some of North Carolina’s leaders continue to try to divide people by political party and not bring people together.”