Category: Budget

Leaders Reveal Priorities For Legislative Session

This week’s Courier Herald column: Legislators from across the state reconvened in Atlanta this week for the 2020 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Tensions remain higher than average among Georgia’s leaders as tight budgets force competition among everyone’s priorities.  They’ll have to work harder than normal to present a unified front for the majority’s

Bet On A Short Legislative Session

This week’s Courier Herald column: The Georgia General Assembly will convene next week for the 2020 regular session in Atlanta.  The legislature may meet for up to 40 days, but they get to decide which days count toward their limit.  It’s usually safe to assume they’ll finish their business before Easter week and The Masters,

Tax Cuts And Increased Spending Point To Revenue Needs

This week’s Courier Herald column: The muted lull between the Georgia General Assembly’s March Sine Die and the January 13th reconvening of legislators has been relatively quiet publicly.  Behind the scenes, there has been a philosophical and practical struggle over Georgia’s budget – all within the ranks of the majority Republican party. In late summer,

Joint State Budget Hearings Set For September

First the old business: Governor Brian Kemp has asked for state agencies to prepare for across the board budget cuts of 4% to 6%. In order to ensure time and planning to analyze, prioritize, and implement possible spending reductions, Speaker David Ralston announced earlier this month that the House would commence budget hearings early this

State Tax Revenues Soar During April

Georgia’s tax revenues increased 24.2% during the month of April when compared by the same month one year ago, according to a press release from Governor Kemp’s office this morning. Income taxes made up most of the difference. The strong revenue performance for April means that the budget for FY 19, which ends June 30th,

Perdue, Abrams, and the Federal Debt Concern in Georgia

Senator David Perdue and Republican members of the Georgia congressional delegation are sounding the alarm about the federal debt, despite a muted response at present from most in Washington. The University of Georgia, Selig Center for Economic Growth lists large federal deficits as a leading threat to Georgia’s economy. Only a rare few are talking