State Agencies Face Deeper Budget Cuts

Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration has directed her Cabinet agencies to find additional savings now to prepare for a large projected shortfall next year.

State Budget Director Charlie Perusse told agency heads in a memo to find an additional 2.5 percent in cost savings by keeping vacant positions open and limiting purchases, travel and training. That's in addition to 1 percent already sought in August.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said Tuesday the changes could save at least $200 million. Budget-writers are bracing for a potential $3.5 billion budget gap that must be filled for the new fiscal year starting July 1.

Perdue's staff also met with Republican legislative leaders Tuesday to discuss ways to find additional cost savings across state government.


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  • by Bill Rogers Location: Atlantic Beach on Feb 19, 2011 at 04:19 AM
    What is going on in WI, will eventually migrate to NC. Government is to big and to controling. When you consider all the new taxes that have been created for the sole purpose of funding new government programs, you have to wonder how does the average citizen benefit from these programs. You can't get blood out of a stone.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Dec 22, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    When you consider what NC has in sales tax and income tax, you have to wonder why some states have one or the other. This just says the state spends too much on creating state jobs. The real problem will be the pensions that are being paid out to retired people and those that will retire....its killing most states. We are at 9.8% unemployment in this state and it will not get better till both houses take office in January....hang tough....either this stops or we will continue to throw them out...Merry Christmas folks!
  • by factual Location: Greenville on Dec 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    Just FYI- a lot of the cuts suggested here are Federally funded. North Carolina has a long heritage of using Federal tax dollars, more than it produces in fact. So these cuts would do nothing for NC's budget. State lawmakers in NC are in many ways part of a system where the only way to be elected is to pay your dues to the "good 'ole boys" network. Keep voting by party lines, and this is what happens- an electoral tenure system.
  • by dougy Location: blam on Dec 22, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    Yea Bubba...About 95 percent of the workers for PURDUE chicken are hispanic........
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    Keep it simple, exact a flat percentage across the board salary pay cut until the budget is balanced, that way no one loses their job. Extreme times call for sacrifices.
  • by Citizen on Dec 22, 2010 at 09:18 AM
    I agree with several of the posts. Some people feel like grant money is free!! It's taxpayers money. For the love of life, cut out ALL the welfare after the first year. Reduce welfare payments after the first child. Give people who work tax breaks. Reward people who do not break the law by lowering insurance rates. Our country is set up to benefit those that break the law and punish those who work hard. That is why no one trusts politicians or government. I know I don't
  • by to Confuse on Dec 22, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    I am sure that the majority of the money taken in by the lottery is eaten up with "administrative costs". Seems to always be the answer I hear.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    Why doesnt she start with a pay cut for herself?
  • by Bubba Location: of course on Dec 22, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    Who paid for that 15,000.00 cannon they just bought for Ft.Macon? We pork barrel so much crap all the time to pay back the "good ole boys" who contributed to the elections. Cut Education she says......STOP THE PORK BARREL FIRST, and stop pay for all the illegals health care......But then again, that's the work force for alot of Big Buisness, and lets face it, they control ALL politicians.....
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Dec 22, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    Let me retire now and you can have my job...
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