North Carolina's revenue was $56 million behind projections at the end of March, according to state budget officials.
They said revenue would be $330 million or 2.6 percent short for the current fiscal year without the money brought in last year by a Revenue Department project to resolve tax disputes with corporations and businesses.
UPDATE: The committee's chairs, who are the legislature's chief budget writers, made clear Wednesday they want major changes in Perdue's spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Asked for his major concerns over Perdue's plan, which even she made clear is only a starting point, budget committee co-chair Jim Crawford, an Oxford Democrat, held up the whole 230-page book. Senior co-chair Mickey Michaux, a Durham Democrat, added: "The whole damn thing."
Michaux and Sen. Linda Garrou, a Democrat from Winston-Salem, expressed particular skepticism over Perdue's proposed $500 million in education cuts.
Whatever changes they make will be quick. Garrou pledged the Senate would vote on a budget on May 20, a week after this year's legislative session begins.