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Budget cuts even hit NC lawmakers at cafeteria

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RALEIGH — The budget cutting is getting serious in North Carolina as the recession continues.

Lawmakers have been forced to cut funding for education and health programs. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday the cuts will likely hit lawmakers when they head to lunch.

The budget the House will debate next week includes a 10 percent increase in prices at the cafeteria in the basement of the legislative building. The cafeteria includes made-from-scratch items and banana pudding is a favorite.

The main dining area includes lobbyists, staffers, journalists and state employees from nearby buildings looking a good meal at a good price.

The restaurant prices cover the cost of the food, about $925,000 last year. State money pays for the rest, which includes the payroll.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The budget cutting is getting serious in North Carolina as the recession continues. Lawmakers have been forced to cut funding for education and health programs.

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