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Ga. Lawawmakers will face a budget crisis

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Georgia lawmakers face a budget crisis and a grim to-do list as they return to the Capitol Monday for the 2010 General Assembly session.

Representatives Carroll Fullerton and Winfred Dukes told us Friday they hope to protect education from the worst of the budget cuts and find a way to pay for needed transportation improvements.

Tax collections are still in freefall, meaning legislators will need to work quickly to chop another billion dollars or more from the state budget.

"We're at a point where we'll only have about $15 to $16 billion in revenue, we've operated the state with a lot fewer people with $22 billion, so trying to find a balance within that mix is going to be exceedingly difficult," said Rep. Winfred Dukes, (D) Albany.

Numbers released today show state revenue collections dropped 5.8 percent in December from the same month the year before.

For the fiscal year that began in July, tax collections are down 13.7 percent.


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