State's job making machine could grind to halt

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Governor Bev Perdue has come to Charlotte many times since the economy soured to make jobs announcements, presenting new companies to the community like gifts.

But those companies also get gifts to come here, and now the Republican-controlled Senate wants to take away Perdue's incentive money in order to fill a $3.7 billion budget hole.

Perdue has already proposed cutting $400 million by shaving down agency budgets, but the GOP thinks it can double that number by boiling down the state's accounts, too.

Perdue's camp says doing so will kill the state's job-making machine, sending companies to other areas.

She has not said if she will veto the Senate's budget bill.