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Georgia Senate spending plan for 2021 sets billions in cuts

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A revised version of Georgia’s state  budget for the upcoming year would cut $2.6 billion in state money after Gov. Brian Kemp told lawmakers to reduce spending by 11%. 

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday voted for the state budget for the year beginning July 1. It now moves to the full Senate for more debate. The measure is less severe than the 14% reductions Kemp and top lawmakers originally were preparing. But it will still mean service cuts, unpaid furloughs and layoffs across state government, K-12 schools and state colleges and universities. Republicans have chosen to focus on cuts instead of seeking more revenue from tax increases or spending from state savings.