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Senators Float Idea of Making State Employees Work for Less

Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Some Georgia senators are wondering whether state employees could be made to do the same work for less money. Typically agencies send workers home without pay to cut spending. Sen. Ellis Black asked Tuesday whether the state could temporarily cut paychecks but require the same amount of work.

Department of Early Care and Learning Commissioner Amy Jacobs told senators she wouldn't want to suggest that preschool teachers, facing a 10% pay cut, work the same amount for less money. Lawmakers are considering budget reductions of 14% as state tax revenues decline amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That's equal to more than $3.5 billion in cuts, including a $1.5 billion reduction in state aid to K-12 schools.

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