Perdue Making DC Trip, Stimulus Expected Topic

Gov. Beverly Perdue said North Carolina would have to make "draconian cuts" in the state budget without help from the federal government in an expected economic stimulus package.

The new Democratic governor traveled to Washington on Wednesday
to meet with President-elect Obama's transition team and members of
the state's congressional delegation.

Perdue announced Tuesday her budget officials believe this year's state government shortfall should reach $2 billion. She told reporters in Washington she can locate $1 billion in savings but is having trouble with another billion.

Perdue's office said North Carolina has $18 billion in potential infrastructure and capital needs statewide that could benefit from
a stimulus package.

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