Cagle Statement on the Passage of the Amended Budget

March 5, 2009

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of the amended budget:

“We are very pleased with the fiscally conservative budget that passed the State Senate today.  While we met the most pressing needs of our state including education and public safety, we have cut nearly $2 billion of unnecessary state spending and provided the people of Georgia with real savings.  This is especially significant considering the multiple revenue reductions that have impacted this budget.

“In this tough economic time, it is more critical than ever to produce a clean budget that prioritizes our spending and cuts wasteful excess.  Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill led the effort on this bill and I commend his solid work.  We greatly appreciate the efforts and collaboration of House leadership as we have worked together on this budget and look forward to our continuing this effort on the 2010 budget.”