The $77 million, most of it trimmed from agency budgets, is a modest reduction by historical standards, amounting to about 0.5 percent of the state's $16.1 billion general fund budget. Compare that to fiscal 2009, when the governor made $414 million in general fund cuts through the Board of Public Works, almost 3 percent of the budget, or fiscal 2010, when he made $531 million in general fund cuts, nearly 4 percent of the budget. Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. faced a similar situation in his first year in office; he cut $208 million through the Board of Public Works shortly after his first budget took effect. That was 2 percent of the budget at the time.