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    • Budget timeframe: Annual

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1

      The current state budget can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

       

      GA Gov Nathan DealGov. Nathan Deal
      Office of Governor Nathan Deal
      142 State Capitol
      Atlanta, GA 30334
      Phone: (404) 656-1776
      Fax: (404) 656-5947
      Governor's Office

       

       

       

      Teresa MacCartney, Director
      Office of Planning and Budget
      270 Washington Street, SW, Room 8066
      Atlanta, GA 30334-8500
      Phone (404) 656-3820
      Fax: (404) 656-3828
      www.opb.state.ga.us 

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities

       

      Georgia is required to pass a "balanced budget." Article III, Section 9, Paragraph IV of the Constitution ratified in 1982 prohibits the general assembly from appropriating funds that, in aggregate, exce ed the previous year's surplus funds added to the current year's estimated revenue. Any appropriation that violates the balanced budget requirement is supposed to be voided. State law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

      The State budgets several funds which are aggregated into a single one called Budget Fund (the CAFR states that the Budget Fund differs from the funds present in the basic financial statements). Funds included in the Budget Fund are: State General Funds, Brain and Spinal Injury Funds, Lottery Funds, State Motor Fuel Funds, Tobacco Settlement Funds, and various Federal Funds are budgeted. Each year, the State of Georgia prepares a balanced budget in which expected revenues equal expected expenditures. This budget, however, never holds and so the State should put more effort in preparing a realistic budget. The Budgetary Comparison Schedules are missing information such as transfers, net transactions, beginning balances and ending balances.  [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

      Find the state's bond ratings here.

       

       

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    • Medicaid :

    • HEADLINES

      Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

      New York Times | by Erica Goode | March 11, 2014

      In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population.

    • HEADLINES: South Dakota, New Hampshire , Maine , Georgia

      Four states maneuver on Medicaid expansion

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | March 5, 2014

      Faced with the prospect of tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, in federal funding, states are racing to find politically palatable ways to expand Medicaid.

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    • HEADLINES

      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

    • HEADLINES

      Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | January 27, 2014

      There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

    • BLOG: Revenue, Budget Transparency

      Principles of a good tax system

      by Jason Mercier | October 14, 2013

      The fundamental building blocks of a good tax structure include simplicity, accountability, economic neutrality, realiability and fairness.

    • BLOG: Education, K-12 Education

      Tensions in Common Core debate are boiling over

      by Joe Luppino-Esposito | October 1, 2013

      The fight over Common Core State Standards started quietly but has become increasingly intense as states make decisions regarding its implementation and school districts address the concerns of parents. The debate has taken harsh turn recently, with displeasure with the program that aims to make educational standards consist across states for grades K-12 coming out in a range of ways, from nasty notes from a governor to an arrest for assault. 

    • BLOG: Federal Government Impact, Medicaid

      State attorneys general lead the federalism fight

      by Joe Luppino-Esposito | September 17, 2013

      One look at the upcoming cases before the Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeal would suggest that states and the national government have a destructively adversarial relationship. Should we be worried about this constant conflict?

    • BLOG: Education, K-12 Education

      Common Core can't pass the cost test

      by Joe Luppino-Esposito | August 2, 2013

      This has been a rough summer for Common Core supporters as more and more states leave the testing consortia due to high costs and uncertainty.

    • BLOG: Pensions, Federal Government Impact

      Senate bill highlights need for state and local action on public pensions

      by Cory Eucalitto | July 12, 2013

      Earlier this week, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) unveiled a bill designed to give new flexibility to state and local public pension plans struggling to stay afloat.