The leaders of the Legislature want to make sure they feel your pain.This just hit the inbox:
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston announced today an additional six furlough days for state legislators through the remainder of this fiscal year. With these additional days, legislators will have taken a total of eleven furlough days in fiscal year 2010.
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker David Ralston issued the following joint statement:
“Now that we have an even more realistic picture of our state’s revenue for the remainder of this fiscal year, we are announcing an additional six days of furloughs for General Assembly members, including ourselves. As elected leaders, we must lead by example and we are not immune to the revenue shortfalls that are affecting our state and our families. That is why we are committed to doing our small part to balance the budget.
“We are confident that by making the tough budget decisions now, we will set the stage for Georgia to ignite our nation toward economic recovery. We must get the most out of every dollar we spend and continue to manage our budgets in a way that will make our citizens proud. The General Assembly has spent conservatively and we are proud of the nearly $2.7 million that was returned to the state treasury and went to fill the state’s 2009 budget gap.”
Legislators were furloughed one day a month between August and December of 2009 and will now be asked to agree to another six days of furloughs through the month of June. State Agencies have taken anywhere between 3 and 12 furlough days. The legislator furlough days will be in addition to the 8% cut in appropriations the General Assembly voted to give itself in fiscal year 2010 budget, plus any potential further cuts that may be needed to balance the 2010 budget.
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