The Georgia General Assembly is constitutionally mandated to pass a balanced budget every year.
This past week, the House passed its version of the FY2019 state budget (HB684), which prioritizes education, healthcare, and state infrastructure projects.
FY2019 Budget Highlights:
- $119.5 million for K-12 enrollment growth and training.
- $361.7 million for the Teachers Retirement System.
- $111 million for the University System of Georgia.
- $5.5 million for the Technical College System of Georgia.
- $68 million for HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships.
- $16.9 million for a 4.3% provider rate increase for nursing homes
- $2 million to study Georgia’s infant mortality rate.
- $2.2 million for a Department of Human Services care coordinator positions to improve mental health outcomes for foster care children.
The 2019 budget is a reflection of our priorities as a legislative body. It is now under consideration in the State Senate.