ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal preached austerity in his first State of the State address pledging no additional money for the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship and freezing the state workforce at current lower levels.
Deal's budget plan - outlined in a speech to a joint session of the state Legislature on Wednesday - would provide $46 million in borrowing for new reservoirs and $32 million to deepen the port in Savannah.
The budget includes about 50% less borrowing than his Republican predecessor, Sonny Perdue.
The former congressman from Gainesville said the toughest challenge will be the loss of about $1 billion in federal stimulus dollars for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Deal's budget blueprint must be approved by the Legislature.