Perdue Orders More Cuts To Fix Budget Shortfall

Gov. Beverly Perdue says the state's budget problems are getting worse.

Perdue told most state agencies Wednesday to reduce their spending by 9 percent of their budgeted amounts for the current fiscal year. Last month, she had asked for cuts of up to 7 percent.

Perdue also said the state will transfer $300 million from four special accounts into the state's general operating fund to deal with potential cash flow problems. She called that a precautionary step.

The governor is making the changes in part because the state will have $150 million less from the federal stimulus package than previously believed.

Perdue said last week she had asked for additional cuts to confront a budget shortfall that her office said could reach as much as $2.2 billion.

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