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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 3:04pm

Gov. Deal Outlines State Budget

In his first State of the State Address Governor Nathan Deal outlined his budget priorities. State agencies can expect more cuts while teacher furloughs will be eliminated.

Governor Deal wants to freeze 14-thousand positions currently open in state government.

"That is a reduction of over 10 percent. Many politicians have talked about reducing the size of state government. My friends we are doing it."

Deal also says select state agencies will need to reduce their budget next year by and additional 3 percent in order to replace 1-billion in Federal stimulus dollars now propping up the budget.

The reductions in state services could be bad news for local taxpayers says Democratic Minority leader Stacey Abrams.

"To cut positions on the state level still means that some of those services still have to be provided. And the provision of that service will fall to local government that are facing the same falling revenue and the same economic depression."

The proposed budget does include 560 million in state bonds to deepen the savannah harbor, build more schools buy more buses and plan for reservoir to secure future water sources for the state.

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