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State of the State: North Carolina in 2011

Harris Kenny
March 18, 2011, 2:59pm

This post is an addition to the ten-part series evaluating 2011 State of the State (SOTS) speeches in states with the ten worst projected relative budget deficits in FY 2012. This addition was made due to the substantive nature of North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue’s SOTS address. Budget data is from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' (CBPP) recent budget report, and SOTS speech text is from Stateline. CBPP's data on states' FY 2012 budget deficits as a percentage of their FY 2011 budget is the benchmark for relative budget deficits.

According to CBPP, North Carolina is projected to a $2.4 billion budget deficit in FY 2012, which amounts to 12.7% of the state’s FY 2011 budget.

On February 14, 2011 North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue delivered her 2011 SOTS speech (full text available here). She begins her SOTS speech by acknowledging that North Carolina policymakers wrangled with over 5 billion in budget deficits over the past two years by cutting services, furloughing workers, freezing public employee salaries and closing programs. Below are some policy highlights from Gov. Perdue’s address, which reflect her priorities in handling the state’s fiscal challenge in FY 2012:

Policymakers in the Tar Heel state face fiscal challenges that are not unique. To see what other states are doing, read the American Legislative Exchange Council’s State Budget Reform Toolkit and Reason Foundation’s Annual Privatization Report 2010: State Government Privatization section.

For the previous articles in this SOTS series, see: Wisconsin, California, Illinois, Nevada, Connecticut, Minnesota and Oregon.

Harris Kenny is Policy Analyst

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