HEADLINES : Georgia
Deal signs $19.9 billion budget for fiscal 2014
Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday morning signed a $19.9 billion budget for the coming year that increases spending $600 million but doesn’t provide cost-of-living raises for the state’s 200,000 employees and teachers.
As in every year since the start of the Great Recession, the state budget includes spending cuts in nearly every department, from agriculture to technical colleges. At the same time, it funnels millions more into k-12 education and public health care.
The budget, for the fiscal year that begins July 1, is crucial to the lives of millions of Georgians, providing for the education of about 2 million students and health and nursing care for more than 1.6 million people. It funds road improvements and prisons, economic development initiatives and cancer research, business regulation and water and sewer projects.
The spending plan for fiscal 2014 includes $850 million in construction and renovation projects, many in metro Atlanta.