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NC state workers offer budget savings ideas

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The union representing North Carolina state employees says it's received some big ideas from members about how to close the budget gap.

The State Employees Association of North Carolina plans to release a report Tuesday at a news conference in front of the Legislative Building it says contains more than $10 billion in savings.

The report comes after association leaders asked their 55,000 members to come up with proposals to narrow a gap now projected at around $2.7 billion.

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and Republican lawmakers have said employee layoffs are likely, but the association is interested in alternatives such as expanding the tax base and eliminating what it calls corporate tax loopholes.

Perdue's budget proposal is expected later this week.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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