The $19.9 billion budget Gov. Nathan Deal signed Tuesday emphasizes the new normal in state government: just getting by.
For the fiscal year that begins July 1, Deal signed a spending plan that is more of what Georgians have come to expect since the beginning of the Great Recession. Nearly every state agency is cutting back; any extra money that comes in as the economy improves is going to fill holes or make modest improvements in public health and public schools. No raises for the 200,000 state employees and teachers. New construction paid for with borrowed money.