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Perdue says Dell will pay back every “red cent”

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DURHAM — Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina has no choice but to keep offering incentives packages to attract out-of-state companies even with the closing of the Dell computer plant.

But Perdue told reporters Thursday she’s made plain to Dell the state expects back every “red cent” it’s owed in tax breaks and other benefits because it didn’t meet job and investment
performance standards.

Dell announced Wednesday its Forsyth County computer desktop plant would close by the end of January, putting 900 people out of work.

The Legislature and local governments offered Texas-based Dell a deal worth up to $318 million in tax breaks and grants.

Perdue said she would prefer that states stop incentives bidding wars but that tax breaks are necessary to bring in new jobs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina has no choice but to keep offering incentives packages to attract out-of-state companies even with the closing of the Dell computer plant.

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