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Dome: Perdue to launch education consulting business

From Staff ReportsJune 17, 2013 

Former Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue has recently finished her teaching fellowship at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and plans to launch an education consulting business from her home in Chapel Hill.

“I’m older, I’ve got probably 10 years of really robust kind of activity, and I’m very discerning about it is I want to choose to do with my time,” she said in a recent interview with Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal. “So I have agreed to do some work with one company around education and technology. I’m setting up the company now.”

Perdue plans to work with a number of outside experts with the company that will be called Perdue Strategic Group. She is also working on a biography with two writers, Barlow Herget and Marion Ellis.

In the fall, she will begin teaching at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

She declined to discuss any of the battles going on in Raleigh or her successor, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, saying that governors and presidents should wait at least a year before commenting on current affairs.

“Give me another six months, and I’ll be happy to talk to you about that,” she told the Journal. “Let them have a chance to try to do what they’re doing. Obviously, I have a strong, passionate feelings, but, again, I’ve given myself a year out.”

McCrory ratings decline

As his term nears the sixth-month mark, McCrory’s approval rating is at its lowest point so far.

A new poll finds 45 percent approve of his job performance and 39 percent disapprove, a slight decline from the previous month when 48 percent approved, according to Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh-based Democratic firm. The poll’s margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.

But the Republican’s +6 percent approval margin is his lowest, down from +10 in May and +26 when he took office in January, the survey found. “A big reason why McCrory won so easily last fall was a lot of crossover support from Democrats, but that’s dissipating – in April he was at 31(approve)/ 53 (disapprove) with them, now it’s 24/60,” wrote pollster Tom Jensen in explaining the results.

McCrory’s marks still remain better than the state legislature, according to the automated poll of voters conducted June 12-14. As a whole, only two in 10 people approve of the legislature’s performance so far and more than half – 56 percent – disapprove. Another 23 percent are undecided. The opposition crosses party lines, with Democrats more upset but Republicans, too, disapproving of a chamber led by their party. The approval numbers are down from May.

The Republican and Democratic lawmakers, when polled separately, get slightly more favorable reviews. But neither the House nor Senate budget get high marks with about half of voters disapproving of each.

Another interesting result: 67 percent of those polled opposed the decision to arrest a Charlotte Observer reporter covering the Moral Monday protests last week, with 12 percent supporting and 21 percent unsure.

Work-sharing underscored

In a new report, the N.C. Justice Center touts the success other states have had with work-sharing programs, which give employers the option of temporarily reducing employees’ hours as an alternative to layoffs.

A Senate bill introduced in April would establish a work-sharing program in North Carolina, but the legislation has languished in committee since being introduced. Work sharing has saved 61,299 jobs in a combined 19 states in 2012, according to U.S. Department of Labor data cited in the Justice Center’s report.

Staff writers Rob Christensen, John Frank and Annalise Frank

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