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Handel wants to slash state jobs

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel says she has a solution to help the state's budget crisis, but it will result in thousands of pink slips.

She wants to slash the state work force by 10%. She says that would eliminate 7800jobs and save about $400 Million. That's still less than half the amount the state needs to cut from next year's budget.

State Representative Carol Fullerton of Albany says Handel's idea won't work.  She said, "You can't do an across the board anything in state government. Because you have to look at what classroom teachers are doing with our students and have to look at what the county health departments are doing with our citizens and you have to look at what the Georgia Department of transportation is doing for us. So you have to look at all those things independently and make those judgements."

Fullerton says the state has already cut to the bone and must find ways to increase revenue this year which may include trying to get more federal stimulus money.

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