Governor Nathan Deal Signs $19.2 Billion Budget

By: Errin Haines, AP
By: Errin Haines, AP

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a $19.2 billion budget that reflects his administration's priorities and Georgia's modest revenue gains in the recovering economy, with slightly increased funding for education and monies to support newly-enacted reforms to the state's criminal justice system.

Georgia's 2013 budget, effective July 1, grows state spending by less than $1 billion over fiscal year 2012. The bulk of the spending will be on education and health-related programs.

The budget also includes $35.2 million to pay for more than 2,600 additional beds in two private prisons, $10 million in grants to fund county drug and mental health courts, $46.7 million in bonds for the Savannah port deepening project, $10 million to fund rural economic development and $5.7 million to fund a database to track tax cheats.

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  • by randy Location: tallahassee on May 8, 2012 at 08:42 AM
    how can ga run their state govt on 19 billion and florida needs 70 billion? seems like there is a lot of waste in the fla budget get rid of the bricks
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      by Anonymous on May 8, 2012 at 09:45 AM in reply to randy
      Florida has more people. Florida also has generates a lot of revenue from tourists (much more than Georgia). Seems like this would be a pretty easy thing to figure out - especially when you're sitting in front of a computer.
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