2019 Legislative Session – Week 7

Dale Rutledge 2019 session week 7

Last week, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2020 budget. The General Assembly spends a considerable amount of time in committee meetings, discussing the needs of our state to pass a budget that will help Georgia prosper.  Keep reading for more details on this measure and feel free to email me about any budget questions you may have: dale.rutledge@house.ga.gov

Passing the FY 2020 Budget

House Bill 31 is set by a revenue estimate of $27.5 billion—a 3.95% increase over the FY 2019 current budget. Below are a few highlights from the FY 2020 budget.

-Recognizes an increase of $38.6 million in new revenue for transportation—an increase of 7% over the current year budget.

-Includes $2.4 million to establish the initial budget for the ATL authority

-Provides $300,000 for the creation of the Blight Removal and Code Enforcement (BRACE) program, which gives grants to communities with a population of 2,500 or less to initiate a free, neighborhood-level cleanup for areas with the most code violations and blight

-Includes a $2,775 pay raise for certified teachers and certified personnel

-$174,000 has been appropriated to hire two school safety threat assessment trainers to work with local school systems to develop threat assessment plans. This allocation is a result of recommendations from the 2018 House School Security Study Committee.

-Includes $78.4 million in the Department of Community Health for Medicaid growth

For more news and highlights about the budget, visit: http://www.house.ga.gov/budget/en-US/newsandhighlights.aspx

Visit the Georgia House of Representatives website for more information about pending legislation, session photos, committee appointments, and several more resources.  There are also  Video Broadcasts of session available weekly.

Thank you for visiting my blog to learn about what your representatives are working on for the state of Georgia. As the General Assembly works to pass more legislation, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions and concerns. Please return to my blog next week for more updates on this year’s session.

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