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Monday, January 18, 2010 - 4:10am

Budget Hearings this Week

The General Assembly will not be in session this week. Instead they will hold budget hearings on a spending plan that includes cuts to education and state programs due to budget shortfalls.

State agencies will go before lawmakers this week to justify their expenditures. They are likely to be heavily scrutinized as this year's budget alone is over one billion short.

Next year's budget proposal does include projected revenue growth of more than 4 percent, but that is not enough to head off almost half a billion dollars in cuts to education.

This is an election year for all lawmakers and many have vowed not to raise taxes to boost state expenditures. The Georgia Council for the Arts is seeing it's budget cut in half. But some areas are slated for increases next year. The Telegraph reports that the budget includes over 9 million dollars to expand a horse park at the Georgia fair grounds in Perry.