Legislature Begins Amid $2-Billion Shortfall

The North Carolina General Assembly has returned to work, with the state facing its worst fiscal crisis in a generation.

The House and Senate gaveled in the new two-year legislative sessions at midday Wednesday.

Lawmakers must wrestle with what could be a $2 billion state budget shortfall and are expected to focus heavily on how to cover the gap.

Gov. Beverly Perdue has already ordered cuts in state spending since taking office earlier this month.

Democrats are still in charge of both chambers, and are expected to re-elect Rep. Joe Hackney as House speaker and Sen. Marc Basnight as Senate leader.

Former Sen. Walter Dalton was elected in November to succeeded Perdue as lieutenant governor and will preside over Senate debate.

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


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  • by Bill Location: Clinton on Jan 28, 2009 at 04:23 PM
    To: Governor Perdue For starters, get rid of Joe Hackney as House speaker and Sen. Marc Basnight as Senate leader. These are the "Good old Boys." After these two are out, delegate a special committee to find the moneys that are missing. All you have to do is shake the tree, and it will be amazing what falls out. Let's face it, all politicians are crooks. Some larger than others.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 28, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    Legislature begins with a 2 billion dollar shortfall, and they are operating on 50% brain power with all the Dumbocrats in there. Next year it will be a 3 billion dollar shortfall.
  • by hope Location: NC on Jan 28, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    NOW they want to cut spending, & cut the budget. Is no one in government familiar with putting a little away for a rainy day? Really, it is a very simple principle. GEEZ!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 28, 2009 at 10:53 AM
    Well, this is the change you voted for, instead of a surplus, open your wallet for new taxes that won't be enough for next years "shortfall". You voted for it, enjoy making less money. Enjoy paying higher taxes, well, they won't control spending. Besides you didn't know how to spend your money anyhow.
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