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Perdue unveils interactive budget challenge

Posted February 16, 2011

— It's not Monopoly, but Gov. Bev Perdue has a serious game to try your skill at balancing North Carolina's budget before she rolls out her own plan.

Perdue's website has unveiled an interactive "Balance the Budget" challenge that gives computer users the chance to pick and choose between 100 spending and savings options to close what she calls a $2.4 billion gap for the next fiscal year starting July 1.

A player can click on options with resulting expenses or savings, from cutting class sizes and reducing community mental health funds to raising taxes.

Some of the costs associated with the changes are not immediately clear. For instance, adding one student to every K-12 classroom across the state seems like a minor change, until you realize that would lead to 3,100 job cuts for teachers. 

Perdue says the choices are among those she considered while preparing her budget, which will be released Thursday. She says the choices are difficult because they affect real people.

While users can submit their solutions to the governor, the public input will not ultimately factor into policy decisions, a spokesman said.

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  • newwake Feb 16, 2011

    "What gives them the right to retire in their 50's?? I have been putting 12% to 15% away for years. Never been unemployed and always paid my taxes. I am 56 and will work until I am 66 and will depend only on my savings and social security, which I have paid in continously. The state government is way over staffed and needs to be cut back. Maybe then the workers will understand real productivity and just how good they had it compared to those of us in the real world." harleyman5mike

    Really man...real productivity? I invite you to spend a day with me. Day after day trying to keep up with the demands placed on me by the public. Its nearly impossible, but I manage to put a dent in it every day. I'm not sure how overstaffed every agency is. Ours is not by a long shot. The solution I think is to quit catering to the public's every whim and desire and get back to basic functions. The public drives a lot of the policies and protocol that created this wasteful environment to start with.

  • newwake Feb 16, 2011

    Don't be absurd my friend. These people work ( play ) for the State for 30 years, retire and get free health insurance.

    PLAY???????? PLAY??????? Most of us work our fingers to the bone. Just like every organization, company, etc...there are those that goof off. I contribute to my retirement every two weeks, and for what I have to do, the pay aint all that great. I'm pulling my share brother.

  • thinkb4uspeakplz Feb 16, 2011

    Cut the fat before you cut the people!! Regulate the video lottery terminals, legalize and regulate marijuana, put restrictions on welfare and food stamps (two year maximum on welfare - programs ENDS if you have another child while on welfare or foodstamps - you found a way to have them, find a way to feed them). Get those part time legislative staff off the medical insurance that was meant for full time employees. Stop paying for the health cost of illegal aliens AND their children. If you dont reside legally here and pay taxes here then pay for your own childrens needs. Stop living off our backs. ETC ETC ETC...there is a lot of fat that could be cut before we start cutting jobs...enough is enough...lets start protesting in groups like Egypt if necessary and lets take back our country. (from the gov. that we have allowed to empower, entitle and enrich themselves for toooooo long with no oversight)!!!

  • pbjbeach Feb 16, 2011

    STATE EMPLOYEES SUPPORT AN CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR OWN RETIREMENTS AN ONLY RECEIVE THE PROMISED MATCHING FUNDS FROM THE STATE AS PROMISED WHEN THEY STARTED TO WORK AT THE VERY MEGER SALARYS BACK THRITY OR FORTY YEARS AGO HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT WOORKING FOR $3,636.00 DOLLARS PER YEAR FORTY YEARS AGO AS I DID AN AS DID MANY OTHER STATE EMPLOYEE ACROSS THIS STATE WHO ARE ABOUT TO RETIRE NOW -A DAYS . IT IS TOTALY WRONG FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT LARGE TO BEGRUDEGE THESE STATE EMPLOYEE THEIR RETIREMENT AS IT WAS SO PROMISED TO THEM WHIL FORTY YEARS AGO AN FOR THE TIME IN BETEEN THE FORTED A HIGHER WORKING SALARY RATE BY BEING EMPLOYEED BY THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA RATHER THAN IS PRIVATE INDUSTRY JUST SO THAT THEY WOULD BE ACCRUING A WHAT WAS THOUGH THEN TO BE A MEANFUL RETIREMENT PACKAGE HA HA HA HA HA STATE EMPLOYEE SCREWED OVER AGAIN BY THE POLITICANS AN THEIR SPEND AN DECEFITS FAVORING THE COPORATE INSTREST IN THIS STATE OVER THE TAXPAYING INSTREST OF THE CIITIZENS OF THIS STATE REMBEM

  • jaydosse Feb 16, 2011

    "Some of these statements are absolutely ridiculous. Full State retirement takes place at 30 years of service. If you started work at 20, you can retire at 50 - IF you can afford it. Retirement pay is significantly less (obviously) than what you made while working. And you're a long way away from receiving SS in your 50's. My wife will be in this situation in a few months - and she's never worked for the State.
    Click to view my profile" - Garnerwolf1

    Don't be absurd my friend. These people work ( play ) for the State for 30 years, retire and get free health insurance. Then they get their their previous jobs back as temps or Time Limited employees and end up really banking the money. I have seen it first hand for years!!!.

  • ykm Feb 16, 2011

    If you are willing to pick on these folks getting ready to take state retirement ya have to remember two things. They, we, did pay for it, the money should be there. We already paid for this. So if the money is not in the retirement accounts look at those who handled it, created it, managed it, and taxed and spent the money we all paid. Those are the ones to point fingers at if you are into pointing. One reason Hunt hired so many and payed little-Votes and retirement money to re-allocate, a different theory from most.

  • pbjbeach Feb 16, 2011

    It sounds to me like that she is asking the people of north carolina to do her job for her she is the c.e.o. of north carolina an it is her responsibility to set an fix the budgetary shortfalls had there been more instrest in the budgetary an the incoming revenuse stream an projections coming from the N.C.D.O.R.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Feb 16, 2011

    Thanks PlentyCoup.

    I still have great doubt that the numbers are correct, but either way, Bev's got a lot of cutting to do. She can't pretend with games for much longer. I can't wait to hear how many jobs will be lost with her plan tomorrow. I bet it sings a different tune than she has so far this week.

  • wildcat Feb 16, 2011

    and she's never worked for the State.
    Garnerwolf1

    RETIRE WHEN YOU ARE READY. SOME PEOPLE JUST LIKE WORKING. ME. I AM STILL LOOKING AND HOPING. PRAY FOR ME THAT SOMETHING WILL COME ALONG. PRAY FOR THE OTHER UNEMPLOYED. THANKS.

  • Garnerwolf1 Feb 16, 2011

    Some of these statements are absolutely ridiculous. Full State retirement takes place at 30 years of service. If you started work at 20, you can retire at 50 - IF you can afford it. Retirement pay is significantly less (obviously) than what you made while working. And you're a long way away from receiving SS in your 50's. My wife will be in this situation in a few months - and she's never worked for the State.

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