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Georgia Budget Writers Ask Agencies to Ready Cuts Amid Virus


Georgia lawmakers in charge of the budget are asking all state agencies to prepare for cuts of 14% due to the coronavirus pandemic, totaling nearly $4 billion. The call for reductions comes as some retail stores in Georgia began to reopen Friday, the first day after Gov. Brian Kemp lifted a statewide stay-at-home order.

Total confirmed infections in Georgia have passed 27,000 and the state counts at least 1,140 deaths. Kemp earlier this year had set a $28 billion revenue estimate for fiscal year 2021, beginning July 1. But that was before the pandemic left more than a million Georgians out of work.

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