ATLANTA — Lawmakers are turning to the state's business community to lend fresh ideas to solving Georgia's budget crisis.
Flanked by several senators and corporate leaders, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle announced the creation of a budget task force that will look at ways to further slash the state's already battered budget without drastic cuts to essential services or raising taxes.
State revenues have continued to decline as lawmakers are predicting a shortfall of $1.5 billion and have already made $3 billion in cuts.
The task force is scheduled to make its suggestions by mid-February.
The seven-member task force includes executives from Georgia Power Co., Atlanta Gas Light, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Deloitte and Touche.