It may be "too early to panic" about the state's budget problems, as Gov. Mark Parkinson said Wednesday. But it's not too early to prepare for cutting budget allotments. According to preliminary figures, the state collected $67 million less in revenue in September than forecast. If revenue is down significantly again next month, Parkinson should move to cut funding, rather than wait until the Legislature convenes in January. Delaying the cuts only makes them more difficult to absorb.
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