GOP leaders plan ways to cut billions –

As they look to pass a state budget with major cuts, the new Republican leaders of the state legislature are talking of two tactics for slicing $3.7 billion in spending.

State department executives could be given responsibility for making cuts that meet set targets, and budgets will be examined to root out programs that don’t work or aren’t needed, said incoming House Speaker Thom Tillis and incoming Senate leader Phil Berger.

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