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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lawmakers: More state furloughs, possibly layoffs in 2010 budget

The AJC's James Salzer reports:

State agencies can expect more furloughs and possibly layoffs into the upcoming fiscal year, legislative leaders said Monday.

House members will work this week to wrap up work on the spending plan for the year that starts July 1. The budget, which is expected to pass the Georgia House on Thursday, will continue major cutbacks for state agencies.

Lawmakers vowed that the budget would not contain the usual millions of dollars for local community assistance grants, commonly called “pork” at the Capitol.

“It would be irresponsible of us to put local assistance grants in when we’re asking people to make all these cuts,” said House Appropriations Chairman Ben Harbin (R-Evans). “In this kind of economic climate, it’s just not a high priority.”

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