Chrissy Pearson and Mark Johnson are probably breathing a little easier tonight.
The two Perdue press office staffers were among about 11 filled positions in her office that were specifically targeted for pink slips by the GOP.
The technical corrections bill changes the targeted cuts to "management flexibility," leaving it up to the governor to figure out where to cut about $1.5 million from her office's operational budget.
Some other changes:
- The Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources gets flexibility to decide whether to eliminate three positions from each of its seven regional offices or to shift those positions to another cost center.
- The Parks Division gets flexibility to cut 18 vacant positions, instead of filled ones.
- Restricts how many Victim Witness Legal Assistant staff can be cut from each DA's office.
- Tryon Palace gets an extra $500,000, and won't be defunded as of 2013.
- Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton gets his cell phone back (the budget had cut it out completely).