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    Governor Brian Kemp, along with Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and other legislative leaders, met yesterday to sign the amended fiscal year 2021 budget. “Today, I am signing a budget that reflects our values as a state. By restoring education funding, making key investments in expanding internet access, prioritizing public health, giving 57,000 state employees a well-deserved bonus, and spurring economic development in every corner of our state, this budget ensures Georgia will continue being the best state to live, work, and raise a family. As other states look to furlough workers, cut essential services, or raise taxes, we acted early in the pandemic to budget conservatively and protect both lives and livelihoods. I thank Lt. Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, members of the General Assembly, and the House and Senate budget staffs who worked closely with my office to get this...
            by Nyamekye Daniel  The Georgia General Assembly approved a more than $650 million increase in spending for fiscal year 2021 on Thursday after lawmakers in the Senate and House came to agreement on an amended budget. Lawmakers approved a plan that restores 60% of K-12 school funding and adds spending for public health, state employee raises, broadband internet expansion, higher education and state vehicles. The bill now heads to Gov. Brian Kemp for final approval. Two budgets are passed through the General Assembly every legislative session. Lawmakers must review and approve spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year, also known as the Amended Fiscal Year (AFY) budget, and approve the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Kemp announced his AFY budget recommendations Jan. 14, and the House approved its proposal Jan. 28. The Senate approved its version of an...
    The Georgia General Assembly approved a more than $650 million increase in spending for fiscal year 2021 on Thursday after lawmakers in the Senate and House came to agreement on an amended budget. Lawmakers approved a plan that restores 60% of K-12 school funding and adds spending for public health, state employee raises, broadband internet expansion, higher education and state vehicles. The bill now heads to Gov. Brian Kemp for final approval. Two budgets are passed through the General Assembly every legislative session. Lawmakers must review and approve spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year, also known as the Amended Fiscal Year (AFY) budget, and approve the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Kemp announced his AFY budget recommendations Jan. 14, and the House approved its proposal Jan. 28. The Senate approved its version of an amended spending plan Tuesday. Both...
    More than 50,000 state employees could receive one-time bonuses of $1,000 this fiscal year, Gov. Brian Kemp and other state leaders announced Wednesday. Appropriations leaders in the Senate and House have agreed to earmark $59.6 million in the amended fiscal year budget to issue the bonuses to most state employees who make less than $80,000 a year. House Speaker David Ralston, R- Blue Ridge, said about 57,000 state employees qualify for the bonuses. State leaders already have proposed one-time bonuses for teachers and pay increases for corrections employees. "We wanted to extend that $1,000 bonus beyond our teachers to many of our frontline state employees who have also served our citizens through the worst days of this pandemic," Ralston said. Ralston said the plan was devised during joint budget discussions between Senate and House appropriations leaders. The General Assembly is finalizing changes to the state's amended...
    Governor Brian P. Kemp today joined Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston, Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones, Majority Leader Jon Burns, House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, and Senate Appropriations Chairman Blake Tillery to announce that the amended FY21 budget for the State of Georgia will include a one-time bonus of $1,000 to state employees making less than $80,000 per year. “I want to thank Lt. Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, Chairmen England and Tillery, and OPB Director Kelly Farr for their leadership and hard work on the amended FY21 budget,” said Governor Kemp. “Despite a deadly, global pandemic, our state employees have gone above and beyond to continue delivering essential services to our most vulnerable, help keep businesses open, and deliver financial assistance to those who were tempted to lose hope. Like so many hardworking Georgians, they juggled jobs, school,...
    WASHINGTON -- The House passed the Senate-amended budget resolution in a 219-209 vote, unlocking the next phase in drafting the COVID-19 rescue package.Maine Rep. Jared Golden was the only Democrat to vote no.This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.President Joe Biden met Friday with leading House Democrats who aim to put his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on a fast track to becoming law, drawing on new signs of strain in the economy to push for its approval."We can't do too much here, we can do too little," he told them. "Real, live people are hurting. And we can fix it. And we can fix it and the irony of all ironies is when we help them, we are also helping our competitive capacity, through the remainder of this decade."The Senate early Friday approved a measure that would let Democrats muscle the relief...
            by Nyamekye Daniel  The Georgia House approved changes Thursday to the state’s fiscal year 2021 spending plan. The House voted 149-20 to approve a 2.5% increase – or $654 million more – in spending for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. With more funding for K-12 schools, colleges, universities, public health and state vehicles, the House’s Amended Fiscal Year (AFY) budget raises spending to $26.5 billion, instead of the $25.9 million approved by lawmakers and Gov. Brian Kemp last summer. Two budgets are passed through the General Assembly every legislative session. Lawmakers must review and approve spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year, also known as the AFY budget, and approve the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The restored balance in the budget proposal is $68 million below the state’s $722 million in...
    The Georgia House is expected to vote Thursday on changes to the state's spending plan for the rest of the fiscal year. The Amended Fiscal Year (AFY) budget for 2021 was approved by the House Appropriations and Rules committees Wednesday. Rules Committee Chairperson Richard Smith, R-Columbus, said it would be placed on the House calendar for a floor vote Thursday. House Appropriations Committee Chairperson Terry England, R-Auburn, said the committee worked fast to complete the budget in case the pandemic worsens. Lawmakers were forced to temporarily cut the session short last March because of the COVID-19 outbreak. England said budget writers have been strategizing since fall, "trying to figure out what the economy was going to do, or is doing" and figuring out what revenues the state would have and "what holes" from the budget they could "fill." Gov. Brian Kemp directed state agencies last year...
    Two amended versions of Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget bill advanced through their first committees in the Virginia House and Senate on Friday, with some concerns expressed by Republican lawmakers. Both versions include additional funding for broadband expansion, assistance for renters and tenants, money for education and allocations to pay for the criminal justice and policing reform bills advancing through the General Assembly. A lot of initiatives the Virginia Legislature sought to include in the budget before the COVID-19 pandemic still are unfunded, such as pay raises for teachers and state employees, but will be reconsidered in January and adopted if revenue projections allow. "We entered this Special Session with the mandate to balance a budget facing significantly reduced revenues while funding new policies that will make Virginia a safer, healthier, and more just Commonwealth,” House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, D-Dumfries,...
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