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January 30, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- Governor Perdue says he's willing to back off the last of his tax increase proposals-- new fees on tobacco products and liquor-- if the Legislature can balance the budget without them.

But Perdue told Atlanta business leaders yesterday that he will not stand down if it means further cuts for education, health care or programs critical to children.

He invited the legislature to find the necessary funds in the budget, which he says his administration has not been able to do. Perdue has already reversed course on one tax increase he proposed, which would have cost homeowners an average of $155 in additional property taxes.

With lawmakers threatening to fight it, Perdue announced earlier this week he was dropping the idea and turning to other means to handle a $620 million budget shortfall.

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