Perdue signs state budget

  • Follow Latest News

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed into law an $18.6 billion budget that slashes spending for state agencies but uses federal stimulus dollars to avoid painful cuts to Medicaid and education.

Perdue OK'd the spending plan Wednesday, the deadline for him to sign or veto bills that passed in this year's legislative session.

The governor used his line item veto power to strip about $200,000 from the budget. That's far less than the $14.2 million he hacked from last year's spending plan.

The budget covers the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Georgia's budget woes show no signs of improving anytime soon. State money managers say tax collections for April were down 20.6 percent from the same month the year before.

 
Search Augusta jobs
Top headlines
Defendant acquitted of top charges at rape trial
After less than two hours of deliberations, the jury acquitted Christopher Davis of rape and aggravated sodomy, convicting him only of aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the ...