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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 4:51am

State Finds Boost For Budget

Georgia's rainy day fund is getting a badly-needed boost.

The state auditor has identified $54 million in lapsed funds from the fiscal year 2009 budget that will be returned to reserves.

Governor Sonny Perdue also said that the state had saved $35 million in debt service by refinancing approximately $658 million in bonds. Perdue said that every dollar saved means less that has to be cut from the already lean state budget.

The state is wrestling with a budget hole that's forced officials to institute deep cuts to agencies and furloughs for state workers.

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