Easley Says 3 Percent Reduction May Be Necessary

Gov. Mike Easley says state agencies may have to dig a little deeper soon given the uncertain economy.

Easley said Tuesday he may order agencies soon to reduce their budgets by 3 percent.

The governor ordered a 2 percent cut last month to provide additional cash reserves should this year's budget shortfall widen. The earlier order didn't apply to public education, Medicaid and student financial aid.

Easley says he'd likely make a decision later this week.

Tax collections were as much as $70 million below projections through August. September figures aren't yet in.

Easley said he's ordering cutbacks early in the fiscal year so that they won't be that painful -- or necessary -- when his successor takes office in January.

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  • by ??? Location: enc on Oct 8, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    Hey editor....are ya Easley's #1 fan....not posting comments??
  • by ??? Location: enc on Oct 8, 2008 at 11:45 AM
    How about starting with Easley's office or better yet...what about his wife? Let's hit her up for some extra bucks! Please vote Easley OUT!
  • by vomit Location: nb on Oct 8, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    Easley needs to turn the mirror on himself and his office....argh, he pisses me off.

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