Macon Mayor Robert Reichert has proposed giving voters in Macon-Bibb County a voice on whether they'd accept raising taxes. GPB's Michael Caputo talked with a top economic development official on the unusual non-binding vote.
If you look at Georgia’s lawmakers as marathon runners, you could say they’re setting in at a fast pace. The proverbial ink wasn’t even dry on the bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday when just a day later lawmakers moved ahead with the annual budget two-step.
The General Assembly continued a third day of hearings Thursday morning after Governor Nathan Deal unveiled his 2015 budget proposal in his State of the State address this week. The governor is asking state lawmakers to include an additional $547 million in education funding. The Department of Education has faced severe cuts over the last decade—so how much impact will these new dollars have? GPB reporter Claire Simms has been following the budget process at the Capitol and spoke to "Morning Edition" host Joshua Stewart about how far the money can really go.
Governor Nathan Deal proposed a $547 million budget increase for K-12 education in Georgia during his State of the State address on Wednesday morning. Deal says the increase will allow the state to eliminate teacher furlough days and increase teacher salaries. In addition to education reform, the governor also outlined his plan for job creation in the state. Deal says his focus has been on creating private-sector jobs for Georgians.
Educators want the state to give them more flexibility to make budget and classroom decisions. That has been one of the consistent requests Representative Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, and others on the joint education committee have received as they have toured the state over the last few months.
Two weeks after Congress passed the continuing resolution that reopened the shuttered federal government, Democrats claim the shutdown will cost Georgia at least $324 million dollars this quarter (October, November and December.)
The Savannah, Augusta and Columbus communities are the most impacted in the state by reductions in federal spending, according to a new report by Georgia State University. Dr. Peter Bluestone, Senior Research Associate at GSU’s Fiscal Research Center, said those cities feel more of the cuts from sequestration and the government shutdown because a larger percentage of their economy is based on federal defense spending.
As long as Washington’s government shutdown continues, three key pieces of legislation affecting Georgia are stalled. And observers in Georgia worry how those bills will fare even once lawmakers move past the impasse.
The Georgia Board of Regents has signed off on a $1.93 billion budget request for fiscal year 2015, which represents a 2.6 percent increase over the year before. The request was adopted Wednesday by the board and now heads to the governor's office for consideration.
Under the budget Gov. Nathan Deal signed Tuesday, the state will spend about five percent more than it’s spending this year. State officials say costs are rising for the fiscal year that starts on July 1 – but so is revenue.