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State economic picture grim

  By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Lt. Governor Casey Cagle paints a grim picture of the state's economic future.

He's predicts Georgia will face a 1.6 billion dollar shortfall next year and says the state needs to set priorities.

A priority for Governor Sonny Perdue is cutting six percent statewide, that includes the home owner's tax relief grant that provides 428 million dollars in state funds to local governments who pass that savings on to taxpayers. Wednesday, Cagle said he'll continue to fight for the program.

"I'm very committed to finding the funds to do that and very hopeful we're going to be able to follow through on our commitment that we've had," said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (R)-Georgia.

Cagle says the state will have to examine where they can consolidate services or out-source those services to private contractors who may be more efficient.

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