Senate adopts supplemental budget

[private]The Georgia Senate on Wednesday easily adopted the supplemental state budget for fiscal year 2016 by a 49-0 vote, sending the spending plan to a conference committee with the House of Representatives.

The two chambers are expected to reach quick agreement on the budget and send it to Gov. Nathan Deal.

“There’s not a lot of disagreements between the governor, the Senate and the House,” Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) said. “That’s why the budget has very few additions.”

The $22.9 billion amended budget is about $1.6 billion higher than the initial budget passed last year, with nearly half the revenue increase coming from the HB 170 transportation tax bill that took effect July 1.

Another result of the HB 170 tax bill is that the state treasury is sending an additional $180 million to he Georgia Department of Transportion.

The supplemental budget includes $164 million for new spending in education, the bulk of that for growth in K-12 enrollment.

Hill noted that for the first time ever, more than $1 billion in Georgia Lottery proceeds are going to the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs.

© 2016 by The Georgia Report

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