Budget 1st test to see if NC lawmakers back reforms

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Submitted: Wed, 03/11/2015 - 2:47am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget director says recommendations from a government reform study inserted in the governor’s two-year spending proposal ultimately won’t be successful unless the state makes efficiency a permanent objective.

Budget director Lee Roberts discussed Tuesday with legislators some findings from the project called “NC GEAR” that made it into the governor’s budget. Roberts addressed a joint meeting of House and Senate budget-writing committees for their first formal review of the plan that spends more than $21 billion annually.

The 20-plus NC GEAR recommendations in the budget would save $71 million over two years if carried out. They include helping school districts leverage purchasing power, privatizing the state motor pool and shifting state parks and aquariums from the state environment department to the department that oversees historic sites.

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