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Easley Urges Lawmakers To Agree On Balanced Budget

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RALEIGH — North Carolina's legislative session is now the longest and most expensive in North Carolina history.

Governor Mike Easley held a news conference Monday urging lawmakers to come to some kind of agreement on a balanced budget. Right now, the figures show a shortfall of more than $400 million. The governor admits that, given the recent terrorist attacks, the outlook is not good.

"The numbers we're giving you today are the numbers we would've given a week ago. The numbers now can only get worse. They can only be more out of balance," Easley said.

State lawmakers are just 11 days away from the end of the continuing resolution. That temporary funding measure expires September 28.

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