Governor Bev Perdue set out to change the way many things are done in North Carolina and she's changing the way we will communicate with the Governor's office. Bev started a blog.
Most of you here probably received the email from the Governor's office yesterday. If not, here's the juicy part outlining what she did on her first day as Governor:
1. Set up a Governor’s Task Force for the Development of an Endowment for Positive Gubernatorial Campaigns
- Starts the process of changing the way gubernatorial campaigns are run by creating a task force to develop the framework for an endowment that will provide third-party funding and remove special interest money from gubernatorial elections.
2. Signed directive to reform the Department of Transportation
- Will prohibit DOT Board members from voting on individual projects and changes the way DOT does business – putting more of the decision-making in the hands of professionals.
3. Established an Open Book Government for North Carolina
- Increases accountability and transparency by creating a searchable and public website that shows spending on grants and contracts.
4. Announced On-Site and State-Stat Performance Management and Accountability
- Governor Perdue will make regular, unannounced inspections of state facilities and will require departments to conduct statistical performance reviews of government programs.
5. Established the North Carolina Budget Reform and Accountability Commission (BRAC)
- Citizen oversight panel will ensure government programs are using tax dollars in the most effective and efficient way possible.
That wasn't all Governor Perdue did, though. She and her office set out to change the way we communicate with her. Along with the blog mentioned and linked to above, Bev will hold live and online town hall meetings. The etownhall has been used fairly successfully by other politicians, but my understanding is that it is not an inexpensive tool. Of course, that's all relative. The Governor's office may already have all the tools necessary, making the actual cost negligible. On top of all of that are a new suggestion box and a handy place to ask questions about our state government.
Not a bad first day.