Already getting the message

The coming budget cuts will be painful, no doubt. The question is, what will be cut on top of the deep cuts to local services in recent years? Will the powers that be use this opportunity to really transform government as usual, or just spend their time at the controls benefiting themselves?

Governor Perdue is already cutting the remainder of this year’s budget:

This is an effort to prepare for the projected $3.7 billion budget shortfall for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. Republican lawmakers have been pressing her to make sharper reductions during the remaining months of the current fiscal year to put the state in a better position to deal the fiscal crisis.

Shortly before Christmas, state budget director Charles Perusse sent out a memo urging all state agencies to cut 2.5 percent. That was on top of the 1 percent cut Perdue ordered in August.

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