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Perdue orders state agencies to cut again

Posted August 14, 2009
Updated August 15, 2009

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— A week after signing a $19 billion state budget, Gov. Bev Perdue issued an executive order late Friday mandating a 5 percent cut affecting all state agencies.

"Although there has been some improvement in the state's fiscal outlook, there still remains a level of uncertainty," the order stated. "It is important to continue to exercise fiscal restraint."

The decision could save the state $1 billion.

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The order allows “special exceptions may be made for constitutionally mandated or entitlement programs, as well as urgent situations related to direct classroom instruction, economic development opportunities, law enforcement, health care and public safety.”

House Minority Leader Paul Stam said the governor’s decision to slash the budget means doing more with less.

“Everybody in state government will have 5 percent more work to do without additional resources. So the state employees will have some hardship. The teachers will have a little bit more work to do, but we can do it. We’ve all been in this situation for about the last year,” Stam said.

Stam said he believes there is still more fat to trim from the budget.

Republican Sen. Richard Stevens said the governor did the prudent thing if it appears the state is spending more than it makes in revenues.

The budget decrease will remain in effect until further notice, the order stated.

Stam said he plans to visit six cities next week to explain the tax increases in the budget. He, along with Sen. Phil Berger and state GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer, will stop in Burlington, Lexington, Salisbury, Kinston, New Bern and Little Washington.

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  • prn13norm Aug 17, 2009

    Liberal Democrats at their best! Spending our tax dollars on their personal wish lists while our children suffer.

  • GWALLY Aug 17, 2009

    ..."once more...a big THANKS to all the straight ticket, kool-aid drinkin voters out there...this is all your fault...and Kay Hagan too arfamr1005..."

    Now, now, now.....they were duped by the news media, ACORN...(oh yea and don't forget to blame bush).....!!!!!

  • arfamr1005 Aug 17, 2009

    once more...a big THANKS to all the straight ticket, kool-aid drinkin voters out there...this is all your fault...and Kay Hagan too

  • Even Aug 17, 2009

    Why would you not cut the budgets before you raised taxes?

  • Garnerwolf1 Aug 17, 2009

    How? Why? would anyone have voted for this person? Do you not think/pay attention/care? What is it? Were you voting against McCrory? Or just voting Dem? There's got to be a reason! If against McCrory, I can understand that - I vote 'against' too often (because there is not a good candidate imo). But if you voted for her for any of the other reasons I listed, you need to get out of the voter pool!

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Aug 17, 2009

    "So the state employees will have some hardship. The teachers will have a little bit more work to do, but we can do it. We’ve all been in this situation for about the last year,” Stam said.

    We who? Is HE taking on any hardship? Is HE cutting his budget by 5%? Is HE going to have a little bit more work to do?

    These legislators are pretty nonchalant about cutting other people's pay.

  • SilverWolf Aug 17, 2009

    Wonders why WRAL failed to report this new employee of Bev's. I expect they know its something that would outrage the citizens of this state.

  • Frank Downtown Aug 17, 2009

    Maybe we need state run casinos to make money? People are always willing to gamble no matter if its a lottery or if is buying a $40,000 SUV that will depreciate like crazy!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 17, 2009

    Bev, keep cutting.

    There is still a lot of fat and waste to cut out of the budget.

    Next step is to cut out even more fat and waste so that the government can start reducing the excessively high taxes that the people of North Carolina pay.

    As a vendor of the state of North Carolina, I can give them ways to cut Billions of fat and waste if they would just ask me.

  • delilahk2000 Aug 17, 2009

    coolwell, you said a lot, if we only supported our own citizens, the budget and health care would not be in the shape it is in, but that logic is so simple, the politicions can not comprehend how simple it is. All they care about is taking from us and spend, spend spend. I have nothing left to take, but do you think I could get food stamps, free er treatment,SS, free medecade card, no because I am a citizen, so I do not qualify, enough is enough, california and Oaklahoma, are already doing this, SO IS AUSTRIA< they have had enough and the prime minister is doing something about it, but not us.

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