Category: Budget

Legislature Reconvenes To Make Cuts

This week’s Courier Herald column: Georgia’s legislature will reconvene Monday to finish the 40-day session that was abruptly suspended March 13th – officially the 29th legislative day – as the state began to shut down for the Covid-19 pandemic.  With 11 business days remaining, legislators must pass a budget prior to the July 1st beginning

GA Legislature To Re-Convene June 15th

The House and Senate have agreed to return to finish the 2020 session on June 15th. Legislators have 11 business days remaining in the session, and a budget must be passed before the end of the fiscal year which is June 30th. An adjournment resolution spelling out specific session days following the 15th remains a

Appropriations Committees To Hold Joint Virtual Meeting At 11:15am

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will have another joint meeting this morning, held virtually, at 11:15 am. You can observe this meeting by clicking here. The committees met last week to begin the adjustments needed to the spending plans in progress before the Covid-19 suspension of the General Assembly in March. Members submitted questions

April Tax Revenues Fall By 36%

Georgia collected less than 2/3 of the revenue it did in the same month one year ago. Shuttered businesses, a statewide shelter-in-place order, and an extension for tax filing deadlines moved until July all contributed to the sharp drop in April revenues. At the same time, expenses for direct Covid-19 response as well as skyrocketing

State Needs Likely To Exceed State Funds

This week’s Courier Herald column: Congratulations and condolences to Senator Blake Tillery.  The Vidalia Republican was tapped last week to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee following the death of Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville.  Senator Tillery has big shoes to fill at a time when there will be no honeymoon period to enjoy assuming