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Perdue wants stimulus plan for GA, but lawmakers question funding

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Governor Sonny Perdue wants to jump start Georgia's economy with the state's own economic stimulus package, but lawmakers question where the money will come from.

Perdue told lawmakers he wants to borrow money for big infrastructure projects like highways, schools, and libraries in an effort to stimulate Georgia's economy and put more people to work. The governor wouldn't say how big the package might be. Right now, the state budget is short nearly two billion dollars, and many lawmakers aren't happy about the proposal that could include ad valoram tax dollars that typically come back to local communities.

"There is no money in the budget for those this year unless we do some special leverages of money that we already have, if we get more federal money for transportation issues to rebuild bridges or resurface highways or widen highways like 133 from here to Valdosta and right now there's no money for that," said Carol Fullerton, State Representative-elect.

Fullerton said the southwest Georgia delegation will focus on getting money for healthcare and education when the legislative session begins January 12th.

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