Category: Budget

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

Governor Kemp Signs FY20 Amended Budget With Covid-19 Funding

From a press release: Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp signed House Bill 792 – Georgia’s amended fiscal year 2020 budget – with $100 million in emergency funding to address the spread of novel coronavirus and COVID-19. “Over several months, I have worked closely with lawmakers to develop an amended fiscal year 2020 budget that reflects

Legislative Priorities Becoming Clear; Economic Outlook Cloudy

This week’s Courier Herald column: It’s been an unusual session of the Georgia General Assembly, even for a gathering where the first rule is to expect the unexpected.  It’s been a long time since fissures within the governing majority in Georgia were as public, and with policy proposals and priorities as disparate. Much of the

Georgia Income Tax Cut Still On The Table

This week’s Courier Herald column: While it may seem paradoxical, the further we move into a session of the Georgia General Assembly, the less certain the outcome of major initiatives.  The beginning of a meeting of the legislature is marked by definitive statements of priorities in media avails with key leaders, speeches at the annual

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,