ATLANTA (Jan. 28 2010) – State Sen. Jeff Mullis (R- Chickamauga) is voluntarily taking a furlough day a month for the remainder of the fiscal year.   With these additional days, legislators will have taken a total of eleven furlough days in fiscal year 2010. The money will be returned to the State Treasury to help fill additional budget gaps. 

“During these economic times it is important for us as public servants to remain mindful of the struggles that the entire state is facing,” said Sen. Mullis. “While tough decisions are never easy, they are necessary for every Georgians future.”

Legislators took one furlough day a month between August and December of 2009 and are now voluntarily agreeing to another day per month through the month of June. State Agencies have taken anywhere between 3 and 12 furlough days.  The legislator furlough days will be in addition to the $3.08 million cut in appropriations the General Assembly voted to give itself in 2010 general budget, plus any potential further cuts that may be needed to balance the 2010 budget.

Senate leadership has worked diligently to balance the state budget by making the appropriate reductions in government spending and government programs.  The General Assembly also returned $2.7 million in FY2009 surplus funds to the Treasury.  This fiscal constraint has been noticed by the Bond rating agencies in New York, making Georgia one of only seven states to earn and maintain a Triple-A Bond rating.  Georgia is one of the lowest taxed states in the nation and has the lowest dept per capita among the 50 states.

Contributed by Senator Mullis