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Perdue extends spending restrictions

Posted July 24, 2009

— Gov. Beverly Perdue says she'll keep purchase, travel and hiring restrictions in place for North Carolina's government while lawmakers work out a budget plan.

Perdue signed an executive order Friday that essentially extends belt-tightening from last fiscal year to the current year that started July 1.

“Until a budget is signed, this order will ensure that North Carolina maintains a balanced budget and that state agencies continue to follow the strict spending guidelines in place during the previous fiscal year,” she said in a statement.

Lawmakers thought they were close to a budget deal this week after House and Senate Democrats agreed to a tax plan that would raise $982 million in extra revenue. The deal collapsed Thursday after Perdue objected to a provision that would add a surcharge to individuals and businesses that still owed state income tax at the end of the year.

Senate budget negotiators said it's now likely North Carolina won't have a budget agreement for several weeks.

Perdue's executive order directs nearly all the spending restrictions that her budget director set out in an April memorandum through June 30 to stay in place.

Money will be given to state agencies only for mandatory obligations, such as salaries, debt service and utilities. Vacant positions can't be filled, and employee travel using state money is restricted.

There are some exceptions for public safety and welfare and direct classroom instructional expenses.

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  • Blue Shirt Jul 28, 2009

    I hope we don't have another .5% pay cut this month like we did in May and June.

  • bekindinnc Jul 24, 2009

    I would like to know what travel/spending restrictions the Gov has been following....
    There really are some great state employees out there, who are struggling to get their jobs done b/c they can hardly take a bathroom break without an approval these days.
    I agree with the idea of locking the Legislature in room until they get their job done. I bet if they can't go home, or wine and dine for a few days, they'll reach a consensus pretty darn fast! Put Bev in the room too and it'll be done even faster!

  • Bendal1 Jul 24, 2009

    Hiring freezes have been in place even before the new year started; that's a meaningless order from Purdue. As for 'no unnecessary spending', at least in my office there's been hardly any spending at all. No training, no computer upgrades, nothing. She wants everything on her wish list and is unwilling to accept less; the legislature should go ahead and pass a budget and dare her to veto it, and if she does, override her veto and GIVE THIS STATE A BUDGET!

  • corvair024 Jul 24, 2009

    Westral...stupid steps should not be taken...it is a gov't for the people right? I agree drastic steps should be taken but not in the direction Bev. is taking things.

  • westral Jul 24, 2009

    People do not have the capacity to understand the underlying issues of the shape this state and this country are in. We have seen nothing like this since the Great Depression. Drastic steps must be taken.

  • corvair024 Jul 24, 2009

    What are the first steps to remove a Governer from office? I am more than willing to take them.

  • alwayslovingu30 Jul 24, 2009

    She can make A 250.000 year position ava for her friend but we have no money in the budget hmmmm.Impeach her now.She remionds me of the old wrestler sloagan Eddie Guererro.I lie/cheat/steal
    It all show Perdue is not fit to run A bicycle over the grass impeach her now.Obama should be next for his role in slurs against other people

  • kingfather Jul 24, 2009

    Why don't they just adopt last year's spending levels for the New fiscal year and go home, and start again next year. These fools can't do much worse if they stay around until Christmas.

  • FitnessMan Jul 24, 2009

    The bottom line is, we need a budget. This is so ridiculous that it just isn't funny anymore. They legislature should be locked in a room and not allowed to leave until they have budget. PEOPLE'S LIVES AND LONGEVITY ARE AT STAKE HERE. I will vote for Mickey Mouse before I ever vote for anyone of these people. We are only one of only 4 states without a budget yet. I bet if the budget affected whether they would have a job or not, they would have a great one done in 1 day.

  • lkanzig Jul 24, 2009

    gee imagine this one!
    everyone has to suffer because she cant have what she wants.
    GROW UP BEV PERDUE! AWWW THE GOVENOR IS THROWING A TEMPER TANTRUM!

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