Fri., November 13, 2009 1:21pm (EST)

State Budget Writer: More Cuts To Come
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
House Appropriations Chairman Ben Harbin says raising taxes is not the solution to the state's budget woes and agencies should brace for more cuts. (photo courtesy of Ga. House of Representatives)
House Appropriations Chairman Ben Harbin says raising taxes is not the solution to the state's budget woes and agencies should brace for more cuts. (photo courtesy of Ga. House of Representatives)
Raising taxes is not the solution to Georgia’s budget woes. That's according to a state budget writer, which means more cuts are coming.

Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Ben Harbin says state agencies should expect $350 million more dollars in cuts come next legislative session.

He says no state agency will be spared. Governor Sonny Perdue has already cut about $900 million from the budget which has furloughed most state employees including teachers.

Budget policy analysts have recommended raising taxes to protect Medicaid and education. Harbin says public education and health care are the state's priorities too, but that’s the wrong approach.

"I don’t think we need to be discussing raising taxes on private sector because that is who will get us through this recession and if we pull more money out of their pocket, then we are just aren’t able to create those jobs in the private sector. Government can’t get us out this recession, private sector can and we need to leave them alone."

Harbin says it will likely be another fiscal year before the state sees true recovery. Until then, he says, the state needs to live within its means.