Georgia Needs a Three-Pronged Approach to Funding Long-Term COVID Relief

 

 

Compared to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget, which was approved before the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia’s FY 2022 budget, which takes effect July 1, 2021, includes $1.2 billion in continued budget cuts due to a state revenue shortfall caused by the pandemic. At a time when millions of families are experiencing heightened needs due to the pandemic, these cuts underfund Georgia’s schools, services for Georgians with disabilities, anti-poverty programs, public health and more.

There are options to help Georgia restore funding to these critical services and programs, address COVID-19 and foster prosperity in every community. Georgia leaders must appropriately deploy funds from the state’s Revenue Shortfall Reserve, raise new revenues and call for federal relief so that every family can recover and thrive.

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