State Agencies Told To Hold Back 5-Percent

Gov. Beverly Perdue is easing up on spending restrictions following approval of a state budget, but limits on purchases, travel and hiring for North Carolina's government will continue.

Perdue's budget director on Friday sent a memo telling state agencies to hold back five percent of what the budget authorized.

Public schools are exempted. Agency heads must continue approving
travel and pay raises, but now have flexibility to decide how to
manage spending.

Since April, state agencies have been authorized to spend only
for mandatory obligations such as salaries, debt service and
utilities.

Perdue spokesman David Kochman said the governor is being
cautious since tax increases used to balance the budget won't be
available for months.


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  • by Georgiat28 Location: Goldsboro on Aug 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    I had to resign from my State job because of my Mother's decling health. When I decided to go back to work, there is a freeze on all state jobs and I can't get another state job. I had to draw all of my retirement money out just to live on. I have over 15 years with State Government and I can't get back on with the State because of the budget. I need health insurance. I am about sick of Bev Perdue!
  • by hope Location: NC on Aug 15, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    As long as government spends what they do not have we will continue on this path.
  • by mother Location: Washington on Aug 15, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    She also is letting people sit in prisons for life and feed them give them ac tv and the schools are going down on the in side ( less teachers, books)I dont like her and I never have. whats means more the ones that have done wrong sitting on death row or our kids?? the lotto is for our schools right NO its to make more and not taking care of whats on the inside for the kids What Ever!!!
  • by makes too much sense Location: somewhere in NC on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:04 PM
    I don't understand why the state doesn't offer an incentive for employees to take early retirement. You replace workers at the uppper end of the salary scale with workers making an entry level salary. You see businesses do this often during tough economic times.
  • by Me, a state employee Location: Greenville on Aug 14, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    So, by this action, is Perdue admitting she signed a budget, just days ago, that is not balanced? I thought the main job of the legislators and governor was to pass and sign a balanced budget.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 14, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    Just face the facts, NC's governor is a MORON!!!
  • by Makes u wonder..... Location: East of 95 on Aug 14, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    I say, close the schools one day per week. The $$$$ saved in Transportation (buses), utilities, and if they want to FURLOUGH the teachers, this could be a day of doing that. (Not that I want teachers furloughed.) Parents would just treat it like any other "teacher workday". Just my .02 cents worth. I'm a member of NCAE, and I DID NOT VOTE FOR Mrs. Purdue!!!!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 14, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    Why does every lousy governor in NC history seem to want to screw the state agencies, EXCEPT the schools. They act as if schools are all that matters.Teachers whine constantly about what little pay they get, and the governors are fools and fall for it.Somebody please throw a bucket of water on this witch, and see if she melts.
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