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Fiscal experts set NC budget gap at $3.7 billion


There’s now a better estimate of how wide the gap between expected revenues and expenses could be in North Carolina state government in 2011.

Fiscal experts at the Legislature announced this week the preliminary gap for the year starting July 1 is $3.7 billion. That’s $500 million more than the minimum budget gap discussed after the current year’s $19 billion budget was approved last summer.

Most of the gap is caused by the loss of federal stimulus dollars and temporary taxes set to expire. The increase can be attributed to high-priority spending items the General Assembly usually agrees to such as increasing school enrollment, state pension funds and the employee health insurance plan.

The gap could change if the economy improves or worsens.

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