Gov. Nathan Deal’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 contains a surprising health care item: $13 million to fund air ambulance service in 14 southwest Georgia counties. If the funding is approved by the General Assembly, it will the first time the state has ever operated an ambulance service — either by air or by ground.
House and Senate leaders have settled on a roughly $41 billion state operating budget comprised of state and federal money for the next fiscal year. The two chambers will formally adopt the proposal later today, sending the document to Gov. Nathan Deal on the session's final day. The Senate and House budget chairmen say all sides agreed to the details after midnight.
Tax collection growth in Georgia grew by more than 10 percent last month, potentially improving the state's budget situation. Gov. Nathan Deal's administration said Monday that tax and other collections stood at roughly $1.7 billion in January, up roughly 10.4 percent compared to same period last year.
Public outcry saved the Georgia Archives from closing this fall. But supporters are gearing up for a budget fight in the General Assembly now. The governor’s proposed budget gives the archives more than $4.3 million – roughly the same as this year after the budget cuts that forced layoffs and reduced public access.
Governor Nathan Deal said Monday he will be proposing more state money to help pay for the deepening of the Savannah port. Deal told the Georgia Ports Authority he plans to include an additional $50 million in his budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in July.
Georgia government doesn't save as much as many other states, while recent state spending increases outpaced the national average. Those are conclusions from a new nonpartisan analysis of all 50 states.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law the amended budget for the remainder of the fiscal year. The $18.5 billion budget adds only about $200 million to the original budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Most of the new spending addresses enrollment growth and deficits in Medicaid
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.