Governor Perdue today reduced next year’s budget projections by over 1.6 billion dollars.
"This revised budget is austere, tough and balanced," Perdue says.
The loosers in the new budget proporsal will likely be trauma care funds which will be cut in half. State employees will be asked to pay 5 percent more of their health insurance beginning in January.
Pedue says what may soften the cuts somewhat is 1.1 billion dollars in federal stimulus funding.
"We don't believe this is free money," Perdue says. "And we will be responsible stuarts of these funds."
Perdue decided to adjust the budget after seeing preliminary revenue income for February. He says state economists are not projecting any growth revenue this year so the budget for next year will be the same as the one ending July 1 of 2009.