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More furlough days in Perdue's budget

By Dawn Hobby - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Georgia teachers and state employees will likely be hit with more furlough days.



The Governor unveiled his spending plan, which calls for $1.2 billion worth of cuts in state spending, and three more furlough days before the end of the current budget year.


The new budget takes effect July 1st and does not include furlough days.

"The budget that I'll present will include and ask state employees, all state employees, for three more furlough days for the remainder of this year, through June 30th 2010," said Perdue. "That is a temporary situation that we found ourselves in this year, our fiscal year 11 budget does not utilize furloughs whatsoever."

To avoid deep cuts to the Medicaid program for the state's poorest residents, the governor said he wants hospitals and health insurance plans to pay a 1.6% fee on their total revenues.

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