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Governor Matt Mead told those attending a town hall meeting in Jackson Saturday morning that he intends to submit a flat, or nearly flat budget next month for the state’s agencies to consider as they plan their expenditures for the year ahead.  Mead told the group of town, county and agency leaders that the communities and those living in them have not yet felt the full effects of federal sequestration. Mead says he doesn’t believe the revenue picture is such that we need to plan for percentage cuts now, because people haven’t yet really felt the cuts already made. He said he will ask the agencies to be conservative, and if they find areas where they can realize savings he will encourage those to be pursued. However, just to make cuts automatically because the services the state provides are important. Interim joint house and senate study committees are slated to begin meeting next month to consider budgetary items involving the state’s various activities and Mead says he hopes they will approach the subject conservatively.  He says with the cuts the state has already made, it needs to be very careful about considering additional cuts of 2, 4, or 8%.  At the same time, Mead says he also wants to build up the so-called “rainy day account” so that if sources become more scarce, the communities and agencies around the state can still enjoy some predictability in what will be available to provide services.

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