Tue., April 24, 2012 8:00am
Gov. Nathan Deal is touring Georgia to sign local bills and discuss the state budget, including funding for the Port of Savannah.
Mon., November 14, 2011 8:21am
Local governments will start collecting 911 fees for prepaid cell phones. Up until now the state has collected money and put it in general fund. Money will be disbursed every October.
Tue., October 11, 2011 2:47pm
Millions of dollars in fees paid to the state aren’t going toward their intended purpose,according to a group advocating for local governments. Georgians pay fees on tires for landfill clean up and court fees for indigent defense. But Debra Nesbitt with the Association for County Commissioners of Georgia says the state has diverted millions of those dollars to fill state budget holes during the recession.
Wed., August 31, 2011 12:00pm
The department that funds Medicaid needs hundreds of millions of dollars to fill its budget this year and next. The shortfall is no surprise to budget writers.
Mon., April 18, 2011 2:00pm
The chancellor of the University System of Georgia has warned of tuition hikes because of shrinking state funding for universities and growing enrollment. The Board of Regents will decide next year's tuition rates at its Tuesday meeting.
Mon., March 14, 2011 2:51pm
Board says they will decide fate of museum on March 31. State will no longer fund the facility. New board member offers to help with fund raising.
Mon., January 31, 2011 3:40pm
State lawmakers expected new fees to generate millions more dollars than they're actually generating. Lawmakers expected an extra $200 paid by the state's worst speed violators to bring in $23 million. It's actually bringing in about $10 million.
Thu., January 13, 2011 4:26pm
Higher tuition and growing demand for the merit based HOPE Scholarship would exhaust its reserve fund in 2 years. Governor Nathan Deal wants to be the one to save the popular program and cut it by 280 million dollars.
Wed., January 5, 2011 3:44pm
The state has collected millions of dollars over the years in fees that aren’t going toward their original purpose. Local officials say if lawmakers continue to divert fees to other purposed they shouldn’t pass any more of them.
Tue., December 14, 2010 5:47pm
Governor Elect Nathan Deal did not have specifics when he spoke to lawmakers in Athens Tuesday, but he hinted at a few issues that will get his attention. Lawmakers know that come January they will be faced with balancing a budget that is more than one billion dollars short in a state that has almost 10 percent unemployment.