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Local lawmakers prepare for session
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A budget for the upcoming fiscal year will take center stage next week when state representatives gather in Atlanta for the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly.Local legislators say finding ways to balance the state’s finances will be priority number one when doors open at the Capitol Monday. “Obviously, the state budget is going to be the feature of the session,” said State Sen. Jack Hill, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “The question is going to be whether or not our revenues will be sufficient.”According to a report issued by the Senate Research Office in December, legislators forming a 2012-13 budget will need to address an approximately $1 billion shortfall that is currently projected.
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