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Poll: Keeping NC 'Green' Keeps Economy in the Black

April 27, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Putting North Carolina's budget back in the black by cutting funding for environmental regulation could put the state's economy in the red. That's the opinion voiced by a majority of North Carolina voters in a new poll.

Eighty-three percent of those surveyed agreed that protecting air and water is important to attracting good jobs to the state, and Stephen Turley is one of them. A Mooresville homebuilder with U.S. Home Designs, much of his work is done on Lake Norman, the primary drinking water source for Charlotte.

Turley says protecting the lake is key to the success of his business.

"You shouldn't make drastic cuts to something that will affect much more. I think it will affect the entire economy of the state, if you let your environment suffer."

Legislators are considering a budget that would significantly cut jobs in the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the agency that plays a major role in issuing air and water quality permits. Supporters of cuts to environmental regulatory programs say serious cost reductions are necessary and that fewer environmental regulations on industries would create more jobs.

In the poll released today, more than three-quarters of conservative voters said the state should maintain or increase its current level of drinking-water protection.

The poll also found that 54 percent of respondents support keeping the current sales tax as a way to avoid the deepest funding cuts for parks and other open spaces. Turley agrees, saying that cutting corners this year could cost much more in the long run.

"North Carolina is a naturally beautiful state - and it's something that it takes years to undo, when damage has been done."

Poll results are available at

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC