Governor Perdue's $77,000 trade mission

Written by Zack Smith - email

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue is on a trade mission.  She's trying to strengthen our state's ties with Asia.  But this trip is not cheap, and you're paying for it.

Taxpayers are shelling out a whopping $77,000 dollars to fly governor Bev and her entourage across the globe.

The governor took off today from Raleigh.  By tomorrow her plane will touch down in Tokyo, Japan.   She'll travel next week to China -- Beijing and later Shanghai.

This is the governor's first overseas trade mission.  The 12-day trip will focus on promoting commerce between North Carolina and the Asian countries.  The quote from Perdue: "We're going to Asia with one mission: to grow jobs in North Carolina."

Again, it's $77,000 paid by the state -- that's taxpayer dollars.  Corporations and economic development booster groups will pay $95,000 more dollars for business-related events.

Perdue says she'll make every dollar go as far as possible.  Clearly, though, the governor's office not using Travelocity.

We looked online for some last minute travel deals. You could hop a plane tonight out of Charlotte-Douglas for Tokyo.  You could take your whole crew, six people in all, to Japan, then Beijing, then Shanghai

All that would cost you about $5,500 per person, round trip.  That's $33,000 dollars total.  And that includes 10 nights, three rooms at the five-star luxury Ritz-Carlton.

If you were traveling on the Governor's budget, you'd still have 40-thousand left for food and rent a cars.

WBTV will be on your side, following the money. We'll see how the state manages to spend $77,000 dollars in Asia.