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Ga. struggles to close $1B budget gap

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

More budget cuts are expected across the state as Georgia struggles to meet revenue expectations.

With the current budget and the budget for next year's fiscal year - the state is facing a $1 billion shortfall.

Gov. Nathan Deal projected tax collections would rise to 5 percent and they haven't. State Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, said more cuts could have serious implications for the state.

"Cuts are tough right now primarily because of the cuts we've been making in previous years. This is the fourth or fifth year in a row we've had to make cuts. When you factor in the cuts we already cut - the low hanging fruit – we're starting to cut some essential programs here," Carter said.

Gov. Nathan Deal has already ordered all departments to cut their budgets by 3 percent this year and next year.

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