Rep. Terry England discusses allocating aid to fight COVID-19 at the Georgia state capitol in Atlanta on Thursday.
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Rep. Terry England discusses allocating aid to fight COVID-19 at the Georgia state capitol in Atlanta on Thursday.

Georgia lawmakers are allowing Gov. Brian Kemp to spend $100 million to combat COVID-19.

The House and Senate voted Thursday for midyear budget adjustments that shift the money from Georgia's $2.8 billion in reserves to Kemp's emergency fund.

Officials say the money would be used to match federal funding and other state spending.

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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England says an additional $5 million is also provided to rural hospitals to cover expenses associated with the new coronavirus.

Despite the new money, the plan still cuts $159 million from other spending in the state budget year that runs through June 30.