03/12/2020 -- Atlanta, Georgia -- Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan speaks on the upcoming possible changes to the legislative calendar due to coronavirus during the Georgia Legislatures Crossover day, Thursday, March 12, 2020. "This is an ongoing situation continuing to monitor very closely," Lt. Gov. Duncan said. "In the coming hours, we should have a more definitive solution to potential adjustment to our upcoming schedule." A press conference about the updates on coronavirus in Georgia held by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was scheduled for later in the afternoon. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
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Duncan to take salary cut amid state spending reductions

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said Wednesday he’ll take a 14% salary cut in the coming year as legislators ask state agencies to slash the same amount from their budgets because of the mounting economic cost of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican announced his decision as lawmakers prepare to meet to hash out a state spending plan gutted by the fallout of the disease. The legislative session is expected to resume June 11 after it was suspended in March as the outbreak spread. 

“As we work through the budget process ahead of us it will be necessary for everyone to make sacrifices, and I will do my part and take a cut as well,” said Duncan in a statement. 

Duncan makes roughly $90,000 a year, meaning his salary cut will cost him about $12,600. 

Legislative leaders and Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget director sent a memo to state agencies last week asking for plans to cut 14% from their budgets in the coming year

That will mean cutting more than $3.5 billion, a move that could bring furloughs and layoffs among Georgia’s 200,000 teachers and state employees.

“These are difficult times accompanied by a lot of uncertainty, but we are all a team and meaningful savings will come as we work together to make the required adjustments,” Duncan said. 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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