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Gov. Perdue talks biotechnology in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Governor Bev Perdue was in Wilmington Monday to talk biotechnology.  She says it's the core to North Carolina's future.

"The quality of your students here really sends a message about what we can do here for the world," Perdue said during her tour of UNCW's Center for Marine Science.

After touring the center, the governor spoke to about two dozen people about job creation in the biotech field and the jobs lost throughout the state.

"North Carolina has a $3.5 billion deficit," Perdue explained.  "We are going to have to downsize the state of North Carolina and that, indirectly, means positions will be cut.  They have been cut the last two years and they will be cut again this year."

During her discussion, Perdue also touched on President Obama's announcement to implement a pay freeze for federal workers.  She said the same freeze has applied to state workers since she took office.

"I saw what the President has done and I admire him for that," said Perdue.  "I think the pay raises for Congress needs to be changed."

The governor is hoping for a change in the economic climate so that new jobs can help biotechnology move forward into the future.

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