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Gov. Bev Perdue announced sweeping changes to the state government Thursday in an attempt to close the state's projected multibillion-dollar gap in next year's budget.
North Carolina residents already saw cutbacks to health and human services in previous years, leaving officials wondering what will be left in their departments if they're forced to make additional cuts.
"There's a real interconnectedness between what's going on in the economy and how it's affecting the state budget," said Alexandra Forter Sirota, North Carolina Budget and Tax Center director.