Gov. Nathan Deal set aside about $11 million for his emergency fund, and his top aide Chris Riley said $10 million of that would "unfortunately" go to the costs of the litigation. Lawmakers still must approve his spending plan, but they are unlikely to tinker with that part of the fund.
The state is so far spending $20 million on lawyers to fight the never-ending water wars with Florida - on top of $20 million previously spent over the last 25 years. That includes an executive order Deal signed last year transferring $4 million from his emergency fund to float the legal costs.