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Cagle says state budget will be cut

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia economists say the recession in the state could last a year and a half and may not show signs of recovery until late next year.

The state's unemployment numbers are the highest in 16 years, and are expected to double while housing prices are predicted to plummet.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle said the state is looking at a two billion dollar shortfall as the legislature works on the budget for 2009.

He says that will mean legislators will need to go through the budget line by line looking for ways to cut un-necessary programs.  

"I don't believe raising taxes is an option so we've really got to reign in spending, cut those programs that are really non-essential programs and really focus on the core function of government," Cagle said.

Cagle said that would mean preserving funding for education and those who truly need the government's help.

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