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Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:22pm.

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Ending special corporate tax breaks, consolidating health services and allowing four-day workweeks are among ideas the union representing North Carolina state employees says could close next year's budget gap without layoffs. The State Employees Association of North Carolina released a report Tuesday at a news conference in front of the Legislative Building that 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 $2.4 billion. The report says the biggest savings would come from requiring nonprofit hospitals to give up a portion of their capital reserves. Gov. Bev Perdue's budget proposal is expected later this week. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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