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Silver Lining to Budget Crunch
Saturday, 10 January 2009

January 12--  The Georgia legislature is back in session this week and a South Georgia lawmaker says the state's budget crisis makes legislators consider the role of government.

According to State Representative Greg Morris of Vidalia, "If there's a silver lining in these bad economic times, it forces government to take a look at what were doing and is it necessary and beneficial, and should government be doing it at all.  It makes you focus on what we can do better and what we can do cheaper to benefit the taxpayers of Georgia," he says.

State revenue collections are down and lawmakers are looking for ways to make up what's approaching a $2 billion dollar deficit.  Representative Morris is for cuts and not tax increases.  "The first thing we do when we get there is the Governor presents us his budget.  We take it and look at it and see if we agree with the cuts that have been made.  I'm going to be looking at protecting the taxpayer in this deal to make sure we don't rush to something like a tax increase.  If we don't have the revenue coming in, we'll just have to cut programs until times get better," he believes.

 
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