Every year the General Assembly Passes two budgets. Because our fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30, our session falls at the middle point of the current fiscal year. That gives us a unique ability to revisit the current budget, compare revenue expectations to actual revenue receipts, and adjust where necessary. The FY2017 Amended Budget is a "true-ing up" amendment as well as some one time appropriations.
Revenue receipts were above expectations, and the FY16 $23.7 Billion budget is amended positively by $606.2 million (or 2.5%). The total budget appropriation for FY 2016 then comes out to $24.3 Billion.
The additional funding includes $222 million from the K-12 midterm adjustment reserve to fund enrollment growth (new students statewide), $118.7 million in funding that came from the HB 170 transportation tax increase that wasn't projected and the remaining amount being general tax collections above and beyond what was forecasted. (This says great things about the growth rate in Georgia's economy).
The additional funds were appropriated across education growth, $15 million in forestland protection, an additional $5 million to the Governor's Emergency Response fund, $50 million to the development of a Georgia Cyber Range in Augusta to support Military Cyber Command (located nearby) and state and private sector students, a 20% pay increase for state level law enforcement officers as well as 612 new vehicles for public safety agencies to rotate high mileage vehicles out of their fleet, and more. You can see full details on this budget at the House Budget Office's website here: http://www.house.ga.gov/budget/en-US/budgetdocuments.aspxMore information on legis.ga.gov
The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.
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