Georgia's revenue troubles could hit tax and spending plans

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers face hard tax and spending choices as they convene Monday. With tax receipts down through November, Gov. Brian Kemp ordered budget cuts. With elections looming in November for all 236 seats in the General Assembly, lawmakers may not be able to honor some expensive promises. One question is whether the state will further cut its top income tax rate to 5.5%. House Speaker David Ralston is supporting the tax cut, but the state Senate's top budget writer questions whether it's feasible. The Republican Kemp has repeated his commitment to further teacher pay raises, but they could be delayed.

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