[KATHY] LOHR: During the State of the State address, the governor said he would eliminate some 14,000 vacant jobs. He’s also calling for state agencies to reduce budgets by an average of 7 percent. That means cuts to higher education, Medicaid and services for the elderly. But Deal says there’s no other way.
Mr. [NATHAN] DEAL: Our state’s fortunes do not rise or fall on the size of state government.
LOHR: Georgia has been cutting its budget for years. Since 2009, the size of the budget has shrunk by 15 percent.
Alan Essig with the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute says that’s caused a kind of budget fatigue here.