Cagle, speaking at the 2010 Eggs & Issues event sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, moments ago said lawmakers this year “have to have foundational changes.”
With the state already facing a budget that is $3 billion less than it was four years ago, and preparing to cut another $1.5 billion, Cagle said the Senate will work to insure “we do the responsible thing, create efficiencies and bring government back to the 21st century and focus very deeply on cutting taxes.”
House Speaker David Ralston also added to Cagle’s sentiments for budget management:
Ralston said the budget crisis provides an “opportunity” for the General Assembly to determine what state government should and should not be doing.
“We know we have a challenging budget situation,” Ralston said.
The fiscal conservative in me is thinking that trying to cut taxes with a budget deficit is a bad idea. The budget will be a big issue in this year’s General Assembly. Making necessary cuts while keeping taxes low will be quite a challenge for the Georgia General Assembly.