Lawmakers give final approval to supplemental budget

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The Georgia Senate and House of Representatives gave unanimous approval Monday to the supplemental state budget for the current fiscal year and sent it on to Gov. Nathan Deal for his expected signature.

The House vote on the $18.5 billion spending plan was 159-0, followed by a Senate vote of 46-0 in favor.

Because of the ongoing squabble in the Senate between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Senate leadership team of President Pro Tem Tommie Williams and Majority Leader Chip Rogers, there was no conference committee appointed to work out a compromise between the two chambers’ versions of the budget.

Instead, the House took the budget adopted by the Senate, made some amendments to it, and secured Senate approval of those changes – primarily rolling the money for the Zell Miller Scholarships into a single line item in the budget along with the funding for HOPE college scholarships.

The amended budget also includes $300 million in DOT gas tax funds to get construction started on additional toll lanes along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties.

© 2012 by The Georgia Report

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Tags: Fiscal Year 2012 , supplemental budget