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Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 1:14pm

New Georgia Budget $17.9 Billion

Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed a $17.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Budget woes plagued this year's legislative session and lawmakers were forced to hack some $300 million from the original spending plan.

On Tuesday, Perdue issued five line item vetoes which he said will save the state some $1.1 million in debt service.

The almost $12 million in bonding he struck from the budget would have paid for school and college construction.

The Republican governor - who is completing his final year in office - said that although the budget contains spending cuts the state has maintained its Triple A bond rating and has continued to fund top priorities.