Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is ordering state agencies to cut back on their budgets by 4% this year, fulfilling a campaign promise to cut government spending. Also, the governor says that the budget cuts will help pay for pay raises for teachers. However, not everyone is happy with the governor’s call to tighten the belt.
The Georgia Budget Policy Institute issued a strong statement condemning the called budget cuts saying, “Georgia does not have a spending problem and in fact ranks 50th in the growth of state spending since the recession. These budget cuts are in stark contrast to the needs of a growing state. Georgia lawmakers can end this manufactured budget crisis by enacting smart reforms.”
Kemp told WSB TV in Atlanta, “I’m very optimistic about our economy in our state,” Kemp said. “I just think it’s better to do that when times are good rather than waiting for a crisis to do that. I think it’s a great time for us to take advantage of something that I campaigned on, making government more efficient. Streamline it. It will continue to give us the resources that we need to fund our priorities, and that’s really what the directive is about.”