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Why Did Governor Kemp Request Budget Cuts?

Last month, Gov. Brian Kemp made what seemed like a surprise request: budget cuts across state agencies.
Last month, Gov. Brian Kemp made what seemed like a surprise request: budget cuts across state agencies.
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The Georgia economy is strong right now; unemployment hasn’t been this low for 20 years. 

But last month, Gov. Brian Kemp made what seemed like a surprise request: budget cuts across state agencies. Last week agencies had to submit those proposed cuts to the governor: 4% in the current, FY2020, and 6% for next year’s FY2021.

Why, considering the state of the economy? And how does the budget process work? WABE reporter Emma Hurt spoke with Jim Burress about it on “All Things Considered.”