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.
Georgia is among the worst states in the country for staffing nurses in schools, but state education leaders are hoping a new law passed this year will improve that standing. For the first time, the state is funding nurses based on student enrollment.
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.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2013 spending plan is about 4 percent larger than the revised 2012 budget. That reflects increased tax revenues. But state officials told lawmakers Thursday, there'll be no reprieve from budget cuts next year.
State legislators continued to hold budget hearings on Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2013 spending plan Wednesday. Most state agencies are dealing with two percent budgets cuts. And that often means doing the same amount of work with less money.
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.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is proposing consolidating, eliminating or significantly changing some state agencies in a plan to shore up the 2013 state budget. Among those agencies that could be affected: the State Personnel Administration, the Georgia Aviation Authority, the Sexual Offender Review Board and the Department of Labor.