Senate approves supplemental state budget

The Georgia Senate voted 49-0 Friday to approve the $19.3 billion supplemental state budget for fiscal year 2013.

The House and Senate will have to agree on minor differences in their versions of the spending plan before sending it along to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

“We’ve survived another year and we’re hopeful in 2014 and beyond we’ll have better revenue growth,” said Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville), chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

The major change in the revised budget is the addition of nearly $170 million in formula funding to local K-12 school systems to help them handle increased student enrollment.

The Senate budget includes an additional $8.4 million for charter school systems (two of the newer systems are Fulton and Madison counties), along with $3 million for special needs scholarships for students with disabilities.

Senators voted down an amendment from Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) that would have chopped $200,000 from the budget that is being allocated to pay the salary and support costs of former state senator Chip Rogers in his new job at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Hill suggested that lawmakers who wanted to “send a message” needed to go to the governor’s office on the second floor of the capitol and deliver the message to Deal.

© 2013 by The Georgia Report


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