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State Budget

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for Higher Education

January 29, 2014

Funding Inches Up, Gaps Persist
Georgia’s proposed $1.94 billion budget for higher education in the 2015 fiscal year adds some much needed money for several key initiatives compared to the prior year. However most of the increase just keeps pace with growth and rising health care and retirement costs. This… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for Business Subsidies

January 24, 2014

State Support for Private Sector Remains High
Georgia plans to spend about $683 million on various tax breaks and economic development programs to subsidize private businesses in the upcoming 2015 fiscal year. This high level of support for Georgia’s private sector is an annual recurrence. Each year, state lawmakers spend… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for K-12 Education

January 23, 2014

Budget Cuts for K-12 Shrink, but Still Loom Large
The $7.95 billion budget proposal for public education in the state’s 2015 fiscal year makes a down payment to eliminate the austerity cut in state funding for schools. Most districts should be able to restore the school calendar to the 180-day… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year for Medicaid and PeachCare

January 22, 2014

The governor’s budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year adds a net increase of $143 million more than 2014 in new state money for Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs, which are administered by the Department of Community Health. The state plans to spend $2.9 billion to pay for health care… [Read more]

Overview: 2015 Fiscal Year Budget for Lottery-Funded Programs

January 22, 2014

Funding for Pre-Kindergarten and HOPE Falls Short of Students’ Needs
The governor’s proposed $948 million budget for the state’s lottery-funded programs in the 2015 fiscal year falls short of what is needed to provide Georgians broad access to pre-kindergarten and higher education programs. Georgia’s 20-year-old system that uses lottery proceeds… [Read more]

Overview: Georgia’s 2015 Fiscal Year Human Services Budget

January 21, 2014

Strategic Additions Made to DHS Budget; Service Cuts Since Recession Retained
The governor’s $516.1 million budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year makes strategic additions to help protect Georgia’s children and adults, but falls far short of restoring funds to pre-recession levels. The state’s spending plan makes it somewhat easier… [Read more]

Overview of Georgia’s 2015 Fiscal Year Budget

January 21, 2014

The $20.8 billion budget proposed for Georgia’s 2015 fiscal year projects general fund revenue growth of 4.3 percent, or $807 million more than the recently revised 2014 revenue estimate.  State revenues are back to pre-recession levels, but the proposed budget still incorporates in its base several billion dollars in program… [Read more]

Georgia Budget Primer 2014

July 9, 2013

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) is pleased to present its Georgia Budget Primer 2014, a guide to understanding the state’s revenue collections and its spending plan. The publication contains basics to help a novice digest the budget’s complexities. People well-versed in state budget matters will also want to… [Read more]

Analysis: Georgia Senate Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014

March 22, 2013

Relatively Minor Differences with Georgia House’s Proposal
The Georgia State Senate made relatively minor adjustments to the House of Representatives version of House Bill 106 (HB 106). New in the Senate version are additional funds for the Technical College System, restored from cuts the governor proposes; money for a new… [Read more]

Analysis: Georgia House Appropriations Bill for Fiscal 2014

March 12, 2013

Small Improvements Welcome, but Major Course Correction Needed
The Georgia House of Representatives made small, positive changes to the governor’s proposed 2014 budget. But with limited revenues to meet the needs of Georgians, lawmakers are able to do little more than rearrange deck chairs on the proverbial Titanic.  Download the … [Read more]