House budget writers in Georgia want to shift $100 million into the state employee health plan to reduce the sting of health insurance premium increases for public school districts. That's among changes that the House Appropriations Committee made Wednesday in Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's proposal for the 2023 budget year.
Tuesday on Political Rewind: Governor Kemp's new proposed budget includes increased funding for schools, tax rebates, and salary increases for state employees. Record numbers of Georgians are enrolling in the ACA health care program. And the latest on Fulton County's case against rapper Young Thug.
For Georgians who dread waiting in long lines to get their licenses renewed, relief could be around the corner. A new proposal includes self-service kiosks at the state’s busiest driver services centers and some grocery stores.
Policy experts with the nonprofit Georgia Budget and Policy Institute are hoping lawmakers pass an equitable budget that restores cuts made during the pandemic and invests in public health and education.
House Speaker David Ralston is proposing a $75 million package for law enforcement and mental health in the 2022 state budget.
The proposed funding includes a one-time $1,000 bonus for law enforcement and $7 million for crisis beds, distributed through the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability.
Biden's budget follows through on a campaign promise to overturn the Hyde Amendment, a longstanding ban on federal funding for most abortions. It's not clear the change will be approved by Congress.