As part of her proposed government reorganization, Gov. Bev Perdue promised legislators she would send them a list of 150 boards she believed should be "reviewed and justified."
What legislators got from her office is 6 1/2 page alphabetical list of all the boards, commissions and committees - about 340 of them - that are authorized by the legislature or to which they make some appointments.
The list includes every UNC campus trustee board, all the community college boards of trustees, and groups such as the state Board of Elections and the Board of Education. It effectively gives equal status to the state Board of Transportation and the N.C. Internship Council.
It's not what Senate leader Phil Berger expected. He thought Perdue would categorize the boards and offer suggestions on what to keep, what to consolidate, and what to eliminate.
"All I got was a list," he said. "I don't know that this is particularly helpful in terms of what we're doing. I was hoping for additional guidance from the governor's office."
Perdue spokesman Mark Johnson said it's obvious that some boards and commissions should be retained, but Perdue didn't want to appear to be telling the legislature what to do.
"We wanted it to be a partnership with the General Assembly," he said.