- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A proposal to modernize and streamline North Carolina state government financial management, personnel and procurement systems could cost $300 million over seven years.

The legislature directed executive branch leaders last summer to come up with a strategy for what’s called Enterprise Resource Planning. State Budget Director Lee Roberts, Controller Linda Combs and Chief Information Officer Chris Estes laid out their proposal Thursday for a General Assembly oversight committee.

Roberts says the multiple financial systems now in place make it hard to adequately manage the state’s inventory and assets. He told lawmakers getting answers to questions like how many trucks the state owns or overtime it paid is difficult.

The legislature would have to fund the plan, which officials estimate initially requires $50 million through mid-2017.

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