Gov. Perdue's online budget challenge to citizens


The “Balance the Budget Challenge” site, introduced on Tuesday, is based on real data and proposals the governor and state legislature are using to make budget decisions.

The idea behind the site is to provide a fun and interactive way to help citizens understand the process and why some items are cut while others are added to the state budget.

"Effective tool for people to realize what a tough job she does have. Lots of politicians get up there and say, 'We'll make cuts,' and .. well where from,'" public defender Alex Stromeotne said. "As you go down the list everything seems to have a pretty legitimate function. Working in the field we do recognize the need for all these things."

Most of the potential cuts will have an impact on state workers like Stromeotne.

"I think if were cutting judges and clerks and prosecutors, it's potential a cut for us as well," she said.

North Carolina is currently facing a $2.4 billion deficit, and legislators will soon have to decide how to fill the gap.

Governor Perdue said tough choices she made early on have already reduced the size of the deficit, which had been at $3.7 billion.

Click here to accept the challenge from Governor Perdue.

Governor Perdue's office will review the results of the challenge to see where people want cuts. But it won't have any major impact on the budget proposal the governor is unveiling this week.

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