Friday, February 13, 2009

House passes further belt-tightening measures

Responding to the economic crisis facing the state and nation, the House just passed SB 5460, further reducing government spending for the remainder of the fiscal year that runs through June.

The mostly administrative spending cuts cover everything from a freeze on management-level salaries and hiring, to some equipment purchases and travel. The savings are estimated at $6.7 million in state funding.

"This bill is about balancing the budget. And it leads the way by cutting ourselves first," said Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Kelli Linville. "Every bit helps as we try to fight our way out of this global financial crisis."