Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday defended his administration’s plan to privatize components of the state’s job recruiting agency, responding to persistent skepticism from business leaders and advocacy organizations.
“We need to be more nimble, we need to be more quick, we need to have a faster decision-making process and we need more of a one-stop shop for our customers,” he told the state’s Economic Development Board in Raleigh.
The governor’s remarks in defense of one of his signature priorities are the first since Good Jobs First, a Washington-based group, issued a report saying similar public-private partnerships have a mixed record. The organization – which is critical of such arrangements – argued in its report that such structures limit public accountability, present conflicts of interest and misuse taxpayer money.
McCrory vowed to make the N.C. Partnership for Prosperity work. He said it is a favorite of the business community, even though some business leaders aren’t quite sold on the idea.
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“I firmly believe that the model we are presenting is first of all transparent, first of all more efficient, and we think it is going to be more customer friendly,” McCrory said. “And that’s what you have to be right now in this very competitive situation we are in.”