"I don't mean a plan to have a plan," Hamilton said Monday. "I mean show me the money. Where is the private sector? I'm not the only one to question this."
Hamilton first raised her concerns at a recent meeting of the
Hamilton said that it's the legislature's job to "appropriate and govern and manage the expenditures of public dollars." She said "we (lawmakers) just can't be expected to turn over that responsibility."
Still, John Lassider, chairman of the board of directors for the partnership, said Hamilton asked "fair questions" about fundraising. Lassider said the board is following directions put forth in a
Lassider said the partnership under the direction of
"We don't want to start communicating with potential investors until we can walk through our action plan," Lassider said. "We very much plan to seek private investment ... but we're not going to start that too early because we need to make sure we can explain exactly how their money is going to be spent."
Commerce officials have reportedly told lawmakers the move of five Commerce divisions won't begin until around July, later than previously expected.
"My experience is speed is not good if you want to do things well," Lindenmuth said recently, as quoted in the News and Observer. "The other part of speed is that it's very hard to communicate and be transparent to those people who are interested and concerned that we are doing the right things."
Catlin also said he's had concerns about potential conflicts of interest, limited private sector involvement and growing pains.
But Catlin says he's still thoroughly studying the plan. "It's our job to look into the details and ask questions," said Catlin, who also is a member of the oversight committee that met recently in
"I think it's a good starting point," he said of Commerce's plan to date. "We're at the drawing board."
Rabon said a solid privatization plan still has to be paired with other measures to make the state more business friendly. He named a well-oiled transportation system and prudent state taxation scheme among those things. Rabon also said it's important to court businesses already in the state with an eye toward expansion, adding: "You dance with the one that brung you."
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