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Governor unveils interactive budget challenge

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- It's not Monopoly, but Gov. Bev Perdue has a serious game to try your skill at balancing North Carolina's budget before she rolls out her own plan.

Perdue's Web site has unveiled an interactive Balance the Budget Challenge that gives computer users the chance to pick and choose between 100 spending and savings options to close what she calls a $2.4 billion gap for the next fiscal year starting July 1.

A player can click on options with resulting expenses or savings, from cutting class sizes and reducing community mental health funds to raising taxes.

Perdue says the choices are among those she considered while preparing her budget, which will be released Thursday. She says the choices are difficult because they affect real people.

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

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