Today, Governor Perdue presented her $21 billion budget for next year. She's calling for a cigarette tax hike of $1 dollar a pack, and an additional 5 percent alcohol tax. Her budget also would eliminate 1,400 jobs and cut spending by $360 million.
"As families and businesses across our state are tightening our belts to make ends meet around the kitchen table, I believe that government must do the same. But in the process we cannot neglect or ignore the state's most pressing needs," Perdue says.