NC Lawmakers Increases Budget Approved Last Week

Days after North Carolina's budget became law, state legislators increased the $19 billion spending plan for this year by nearly $7 million.

The state House voted 84-30 Monday to approve adjustments to the budget Gov. Beverly Perdue signed into law on Friday. The changes would leave less than $4 million unspent at the end of the year ending June 30, 2010.

One major change delays closing of a Moore County incarceration center for delinquent juveniles by 10 months.

The revisions increase the chances Perdue will have to make spending cuts later. She is responsible for making the state budget balances every year. Perdue forced state employees to take unpaid time off in May and June to balance last year's budget.

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