Lassiter sent a letter to government leaders Thursday, telling them to brace for an initial $35-million in cuts that will be necessary to balance the state budget.
That's a portion of the $131-million lawmakers mandated in cuts in a budget they passed in May.
Lassiter called for the heads of state agencies to identify places to cut, and to outline the potential impacts and consequences of those cuts. It's a call they've heard before, with revenues having dwindled by more than $1.5-billion over the past two years.
Final decisions on the next round of cuts will be made later, after department heads submit their responses.