THE CENTER SQUARE —  Georgia officials again reported decreased net tax collections, though overall, the state’s finances appear to be strong, according to state numbers and an analyst for a leading Georgia policy group.

“Through nine months of FY 2024, Georgia’s tax revenue collections remain strong and more than sufficient to finance the costs of the recently enacted AFY 2024 budget,” Danny Kanso, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s director of legislative strategy and senior fiscal analyst, said in a statement to The Center Square. “Going forward, our leaders can continue making greater use of the unprecedented undesignated reserves that are likely to remain unspent and available to be deployed for priorities strongly supported by most Georgians, such as replacing aging school buses and improving access to affordable childcare statewide.”