Gov. Beverly Perdue's budget plan would cut nearly $1 billion for the coming year by eliminating programs and cutting Medicaid abuse.
Perdue on Tuesday unveiled her recommended changes for the second year of the two-year budget approved by the General Assembly last summer.
Most state agencies would have spending cut an additional 5 to 7 percent starting in July, except for education. Public schools would get money to buy hand-held devices to help teachers in lower grades assess student performance.
Teachers also would receive their longevity-based salary increases after they were suspended last year because of the bad economy. State employees and teachers would get a one-time bonus to make up for furloughs last year.
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