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.
Georgia would keep spending relatively flat under a $19.9 billion budget plan from Gov. Nathan Deal that tries some trims to health care spending while including limited infrastructure and education spending. That figure does not include billions in federal spending. The Republican governor is making a combination of spending cuts to close a funding shortfall in the Medicaid health care program for the poor.
A city audit is raising concerns about spending by employees working on the Atlanta BeltLine project. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reviewed the spending and found taxpayers paid for elaborate staff retreats, stays at pricey hotels, and meals at some of Atlanta's finest restaurants.