The state Senate passed a bill Monday that could abolish entire state programs and agencies if they’re deemed unnecessary or ineffective. Republican supporters say the bill aims to make state government more efficient.
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.
State agency heads are going into the next budget cycle with another directive to cut. Governor Nathan Deal says, he wants most agencies to remove 2% of spending from budgets due to his office by September. This comes despite a 7% jump in July revenues over last year. Deal's directive exempts Medicaid, prisons and K-12 schools.
Proposed legislation would make it illegal to pull money from citizen's bank accounts without their permission. The legislation was proposed after a computer glitch took thousands of dollars in state tax refunds from taxpayer's bank accounts last week.