Gov.-elect Nathan Deal said Tuesday that he has spent the past month since the November election realizing the full extent of the state’s budget woes and warned in an exclusive interview that extremely difficult choices remain.
In a 30-minute interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Deal warned that local governments, teachers and school administrators must ready themselves for further cuts to K-12 spending and that drastic measures may be necessary to save the HOPE scholarship program.
The Republican, who will be sworn in Jan. 10, also said that his proposal for cutting the corporate income tax by a third should be part of any recommendations that a special committee studying the state’s tax system makes in the next month.
Here are some highlights from the interview. More to come.
On the HOPE scholarship:
“That’s not a very good picturing looming out there,” Deal said. “The Legislature, of course, already put statutory changes in place to deal with the so-called