Update: Read the more fully realized newspaper article about this here.
House Appropriations Chairman Ben Harbin said this morning that his committee will be looking for hundreds of millions in new cuts in the state budget.
Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed hospital tax is a particular target, as Speaker of the House David Ralston said Monday.
"We're going to make the cuts," Harbin said. "I really just don't see a tax increase of any kind passing this floor. ... Every department, I think, is going to have to take cuts."
Also unpopular: Gov. Perdue's plan to balance the budget by selling outstanding GEFA debt and spending the cash in fiscal 2011.
"We're not saying no, but we're going to ask some tough questions," Harbin said.
I've got math to do, but getting rid of these proposals would mean finding hundreds of millions in new cuts. Said Harbin: "Every program is in play. There are no sacred cows this year."
Harbin on the House floor Wednesday, with state Rep. Joe Wilkinson.