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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or pgould@freelancestar.com. Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or rsidersky@freelancestar.com.

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Morning Buzz — Nov. 18, 2009

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to ebattle@freelancestar.com.

If you’ve been reading the paper, then Chelyen Davis’ story today about how the state is looking at a shortfall of up to $2.7 billion over the next two years, and faces the possibility of having to cut up to $300 million from the current budget, shouldn’t be news to you. Edd Houck delivered a similar warning to two area boards last week. The impact of state budget cuts is one of the big unknowns city budget writers are working with as they look to next year.

When budgets get tight, one of the catchphrases you often hear from elected officials is how important it is for government to "think outside the box" and do things differently. Officials in Lynchburg have been working on one of those efforts since I was working there five years ago. As you can read here, their efforts to consolidate duplicate government functions with the city schools system haven’t been easy, though they have yielded some small savings. 

Want something positive to focus on amid all this bad budget news? Registration for the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon opens today. Sign up now and you can replace all your recession worries with strategy on how to get your mile pace down, or where to go for this week’s long run. 

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