The amended 2013 budget cleared the state Senate Friday and is now headed for a conference committee to resolve discrepancies with the House version. Lawmakers make changes to the budget each year to reflect changes in school enrollment and other items.
The Georgia Board of Regents will consider the names for two merged universities and its budget request for next year at two days of meetings starting Tuesday. Gov. Nathan Deal has directed state agencies to plan for 3 percent reductions for next fiscal year and for the second half of the budget that began last month. That will include cuts at the 35 state colleges and universities.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed the fiscal 2013 state budget Monday, and he vetoed expenses for two capital projects. The line-item vetoes will save the state about $400,000 in debt service it would have paid on bonds for the two projects.
Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee voted Monday to approve changes to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's spending plan for the fiscal year starting in July. It next heads to a vote on the House floor. Georgia would spend $19.2 billion under the budget plan.
State legislators began hearings on the 2013 budget Tuesday. They will hold meetings on the Governor's spending proposal for the rest of the week. Gov. Nathan Deal reiterated that his budget plan calls for modest spending increases.