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Perdue: Budget deficit will reach $2B

Posted January 13, 2009

State budget

— Gov. Beverly Perdue says she's taking additional steps to keep North Carolina's budget balanced after word from fiscal analysts that thisfiscal  year's shortfall will now reach $2 billion.

Perdue announced late Tuesday afternoon that she has signed an executive order outlining options to address the shortfall. The new governor said that a more detailed management plan will be released by the end of the week.

Gov. Mike Easley had assembled a plan in the fall to hold back money and free up other funds totaling $1.2 billion. That's when state budget officials agreed with legislative economists who said the shortfall could reach $1.6 billion.

Easley ordered state agencies to have detailed plans to cut from 3 to 7 percent ready for Perdue by Thursday.

Perdue said her budget officials are now saying the amount could reach $2 billion or higher.


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  • really02 Jan 14, 2009

    cut the state elected officals pay by 50% since they really do not do anything to help us.

  • chfdcpt Jan 14, 2009

    PaulRevere, how do you prove that you are a citizen at the store? I don't know of too many folks that carry their birth certificate or passport with them at all times. Of course, we can issue everyone an internal passport, so that you can prove you are a citizen when you pay your bill at the grocery store.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 14, 2009

    There is no budget deficit. They have a spending problem. The headline should read "State projected to reduce spending by 2 Billion to match revenue".

  • vote4changeASAP Jan 14, 2009

    Instead of raising taxes, levy a $10,000 fine per illegal alien to businesses and load up the Tornado bus for the border.

    I'm all for getting rid of the leaching illegals. American citizens need the jobs no matter how bad they are.

  • maddiesmom972 Jan 14, 2009

    What if the ILLEGAL ALIENS that has been getting a free ride on the back of taxpayers was denied services and free healthcare and free food - In Greene County alone that would save a ton of money. Stop busing kids all over districts - that would save a ton of money - I mean those of us that work everyday dont qualify for JACK and the illegals drive up to the Food Lion in an Escalade and pull out a WIC card to pay for food!!!!

  • pappybigtuna1 Jan 14, 2009

    when the citenzens of NC made a conscience decision to allow someone other than themselves to make all the choices for them - you have no grounds to complain on. Why is NC the highest TAXED state on the east coast of the USA? There is no accountability, ol' Bev has already (5 days in office) said she my have to float another TAX. This is what Dem's do best, raise TAXES - the folks that elected her, think they know how long she will be in the Gov. position?

  • vote4changeASAP Jan 14, 2009

    NC citizens need to sue Mike and Mary Easley for the taxpayer funds they wrongly used on their frivolous trips abroad. Who will stand behind me?

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jan 14, 2009

    Look at the million spent in NC on Political Correctness... Statues, programs that are racially directed, positions to study this and that, the politically centered head start program and the list goes on and on. If these funds were for all NC'ians I would stil say they are wastful.

  • WHEEL Jan 14, 2009

    Guess how many VOTERS she is going to let go from State jobs.

  • PaulRevere Jan 13, 2009

    She's gonna sign the coming law that raises income taxes and the coming law that raises the gas tax. I suggest they slap a 75% tax on all wire transfers to Mexico/Guatemala/Colombia, etc. Also, if you cannot prove you are a U.S. citizen, you should pay a 20% sales tax to make up for the income taxes you are not paying. Get my drift here?