I believe fundamentally that increasing taxes during a recession is NOT the path to a sound recovery. Therefore, with bi-partisan support, the fiscal 2010 budget, containing aggressive spending reductions, was passed in the 2009 session. Through the first five months of the 2010 budget the state is 15% behind in revenue support. An analysis of the data indicates that the 2011 budget will face additional cuts. Some figures that will help you to understand the issue are as follows:
* Georgia's Fiscal 2009 Budget (as of 6/30/09) decreased 8.7 percent from the previous year.
* Fiscal 2010 (projected) will shrink another 8.3 percent (at least).
* Fiscal 2010 per capita spending, adjusted for inflation, will likely be $1269 per person versus $1588 per person.
* Fiscal 2010 per capita spending unadjusted for inflation about equals Fiscal 2000 ($1763 per person versus $1743 per person).
In 2008 the state budget was about $20.5 billion dollars. I believe the 2011 (July 1 to June 30, 2012) budget will be between $15 and $16 billion dollars.