Governor Elect Nathan Deal did not have specifics when he spoke to lawmakers in Athens Tuesday, but he hinted at a few issues that will get his attention. Lawmakers know that come January they will be faced with balancing a budget that is more than one billion dollars short in a state that has almost 10 percent unemployment.
Georgia’s revenue numbers have been on the rise for the past three months, but it amounts to only 1.3 percent in actual growth according to the state revenue department. When the governor created this year's budget he projected 4 percent growth.
Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered state agencies cut 4 percent from their budgets in case an extension of Medicaid funds doesn’t pass Congress. Georgia created its budget depending on $375 million of the money, but conservatives in US senate won’t approve it if it raises the national debt.