In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, the Blue Ridge Republican said it’s going to be a tough budget year with a shortfall that could top $1 billion. But he said taxes won’t be hiked to fill the gap.
He said increasing taxes would hurt Georgians already hurting thanks to the sour economy.
Ralston was selected last week by the GOP caucus to succeed Speaker Glenn Richardson, who’s leaving Jan. 1 after allegations of an affair with a lobbyist. He must still be voted on by the full House when they return to the Capitol Jan. 11.