Perdue unveils plan to consolidate government

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Governor Bev Perdue says she's ready to start the largest consolidation of state government in decades.

It's a plan to save money.

Perdue says she can eliminate duplication, raise efficiency and reduce the work force - particularly middle management.

For example, there are 377 people all working in the state's human resources department.

Perdue says it's not necessary.

Some other consolidations she's considering: placing Juvenile Justice, Public Safety and Corrections and Crime Control into one new Department of Public Safety. She also wants to move the Employment Security Commission into the Department of Commerce.

The legislature does have the authority to reject Perdue's plans.