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Deal budget puts recession in rear-view mirror, but some face cuts

Georgia legislators received the rosiest financial projections they've heard since the Great Recession on Tuesday, with the state's fiscal economist predicting strong job growth and education officials using words such as “phenomenal” to describe extra money Gov. Nathan Deal wants to put into schools.

The state's reserves haven't been this full since 2007, and Deal's $21.8 billion budget plan would spend more on everything from colleges and ethics policing to economic development and schooling for prison inmates.

But there were also a few hints of thorny issues the General Assembly will debate in coming months.

Among the most prickly to come up Tuesday: a Deal proposal to eliminate state funding to pay for health insurance for about 11,500 “noncertified” school employees, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers.

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