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Perdue to lawmakers: Pass budget now

Posted July 1, 2009

— Gov. Bev Perdue has sent a strong message to lawmakers working on a state spending plan that was due Wednesday: Pass a budget, now.

"The bottom line is they've got to stop this tit for tat, and they've got to come together on either a short-term or long-term decision," Perdue said Wednesday afternoon. "We shouldn't be bogged down over the things that make state government function for our citizens."

Beverly Perdue Perdue calls for faster budget negotiations

Lawmakers, in recent days, have been at a stalemate over how to generate more than $1 billion in revenue for the new fiscal year to help lessen the severity of state budget cuts resulting from a projected $4.6 billion deficit.

Under state law, a balanced budget must be approved by June 30 to avoid a government shutdown.

The General Assembly barely avoided that by passing Tuesday a continuing resolution that keeps state departments and services running at no more than 85 percent of what was allocated in the past fiscal year's budget.

Legislators now have until July 15 to agree on the budget, but Perdue said Wednesday the state stands to lose $5 million a day because there are no program cuts and no new revenue is being generated.

Both the state House and Senate have agreed to $990 million in additional revenue in fiscal 2009-10 and $1.3 billion in the second year of the budget. But Perdue has asked for $1.5 billion to avoid drastic cuts to education.

The Senate wants to lower the state sales tax and to tax more services, such as auto repair, lawn care and home improvement. The House wants to increase sales taxes and raise income taxes on couples making more than $200,000 a year.

Once lawmakers agree on how to generate the money, they must still decide where it goes. Many have said it should go to education and the Department of Health and Human Services, but there is disagreement there, as well.

Perdue has been vague on a tax plan but said Wednesday that she supports a combination of tax increases, including sales upper income, alcohol, and tobacco to protect public education.

She said she also backs reform efforts to tax some services, but in the interest of reaching a deal now, she said, that might have to wait.

Earlier this year, Perdue tried to help close the budget gap for the 2008-09 year through canceled contracts, slowing the growth of some state programs and pay cuts and flexible furloughs for state workers.

"I don't anticipate having to furlough anybody ever again this calendar year, if I can get a budget out of the General Assembly now," she said. "Now, if it's Christmas, come back and ask me the question, again."

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  • pbjbeach Jul 3, 2009

    IN MY PERSONAL OPINION ALL STATE EMPLOYEES SHOULD THIS COMING MONDAY MORNING JUST CALL IN SICK OR JUST GO ON STRIKE PERIOD AN THEN STAY OUT UNTIL THE SITUATION GETS BETTER WITH THIS SUPPOSELY LEADERSHIP IN STATE GOVERNMENT

  • pbjbeach Jul 3, 2009

    BEV IS A TOTAL JOKE AS GOVERNOR AN SHOULD BE IMMEDATELY RECALLED AS GOVERNOR OF THIS STATE

  • pbjbeach Jul 3, 2009

    PROFESSOR

    I AM IN 100 % AGREEMENT WITH YOUR POSTING ON HERE ABOUT THIS GOVERNORS ONLY CONCERNS SHOULD BE PERTAINING TO THE JOBS PICTURE ACROSS THIS STATE WITH UNEMPLOYMENT RUNNING RAMPANT IN THIS STATE SHE SHOULD BE A JOBS GOVERNOR THAT IS IF SHE WAS THE REAL GOVERNOR IN THE FIRST PLACE OF WHICH SHE ISN'T . SHE DONT EVEN WANT TO ALLOW STATE EMPLOYEES TO DO THE JOBS THAT THEY WERE ORIGINALLY HIRED TO DO IN THE FIRST PLACE AN THAT IS THE PROTECTION OF THE TAXPAYING CITIZENS OF THIS STATE

  • pbjbeach Jul 3, 2009

    THIS GOVERNOR AS THE PREVIOUS ONE WILL NOT ALLOW STATE EMPLOYEES TO MAKE ANY REAL DECISIONS ON THEIR OWN FOR THE FEAR OF THE FACT THAT IT MIGHT ACTUALY IMPACT A BUSINESS NEGEATIVELY SHE HAD MAY AS WELL HANG A SIGN AROUND HER NECK SAYING REPUBLICAN. OR IN CODE WORDS ( BLUE DOG )

  • pbjbeach Jul 3, 2009

    IN MY OPINION THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW MUCH ATTENTION THE NC LEGISTURE PAY TO WHATEVER THE GOVERNOR OF THI STATE HAS TO SAY SINCE THEY HAVE LEFT & GONE HOME THEY ARE AS MUCH AS TELLING THE GOVERNOR TO SC--- OFF. IN EFFECT SHE IS JUST A FIGURE HEAD ANYWAY AN NOT REALY RESOPNSIBLE FOR ANY REAL LEADERSHIP WITH IN STATE GOVERMENT THE SENATE PRSIDENT PRO-TEM IS THE REAL GOVERNOR OF THIS STATE ALL SHE HAD TO HAVE DONE WAS TELL THEM THAT IT WAS MANDATORY THAT THEY STAY IN TOWN UNTIL THEY HAD FINISHED THE BUDGET AN THEN IF THEY REFUSED SHE COULD HAVE JUST FIRED THEM ALL. THAT IS THE WAY THAT HER OTHER STATE AGENCY ARE WORKING NOW A DAYS WHY NOT DO THE SAME WITH THE STATES LEGISTURE. BECAUSE SHE IS ALLOWING THE STATES VARIOUS AGENCY'S TO USE THIS METHOD TO TERMINATE STATE EMPLOYEES WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AN ARE ALSO OF THE OLDER AGE GROUPS OF STAT EMPLOYEES TO JUST PUSH THEM INTO RETIREMENT THANK YOU

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 2, 2009

    I SINCERELY HOPE THAT SHE IS A ONE TERMER.

  • trunkmonkee1971 Jul 2, 2009

    Is this like passing the stimulus package "now"? If so, just plop some numbers down and vote yes for it.Read it you say? No,don't bother reading the thing. Everyone knows we need a budget NOW! NOW! NOW!

  • 1carpe Jul 2, 2009

    Wow jason, looks like I finally woke up a lib. I don't believe I said a word in my post anything about all libs voting for Purdue. If you read my posts on a regular basis you would find you and I have one thing in common...BUSH WAS NOT A CONSERVATIVE...EVER. His only conservative stances were on foreign policy and taxes. Now while I agree he contributed to the mess we are in with his first stimulus package (passed w/ a Democratic majority congress), he had nothing to do with throwing away a 2 billion dollar surplus in this state. Bush did not create a 4 billion dollar deficit in this state. 160 years of irresponsible DEMOCRATS ruling this state had everything to do with it. Bad judgement, mismanagement, and concern of only power, not the people (who work and pay taxes) by LIBERALS whose only policy is tax, spend, blame Bush, start over. Do your homework, when Bush tried to convince congress FAN MAE, and FRED Mac were going under, Barney Frank said it is in good shape.

  • whatusay Jul 2, 2009

    Government and it's social programs have gotten too big, and that is why we are in the dilemma we are in. Our government is devouring it's self and us with it. Until the social entitlements are reduced we will never pay down our debt, it will only get worse. Very simple solution, reduce government employees, government expenditures, welfare for illegals, health care for illegals, and there will lots of money left over to fund education.

  • Professor Jul 2, 2009

    PURDUE SHOULD BE CONCERNED IN GETTING JOBS IN NC AND NOTHING ELSE.

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