AJC.com reports, "Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed state budget underfunds up to $70 million in programs for the mentally disabled, poor people accused of crimes and technical school maintenance, according to a new legislative analysis.
"Critics claim Perdue moved the money to help fund pay raises and $100 gift cards to defray classroom expenses for Georgia's 100,000 teachers, a politically potent force in every election season. Perdue's office dismissed the critics as Democrats who don't have any ideas for improving education."
I'm no expert here but the criticism sounds legitimate. Granted, I don't know whether helping defray teachers' out of pocket expenditures is money better spent than what the money was supposed to go for, but it seems that the budget is the budget. Absent an emergency, you'd think the budget would rule.