GBPI: Georgia Leaders Face Choice Between Tax Cuts for High Income Earners and Funding Key State PrioritiesITEP Work in Action
Twelve days into the 2020 session of the Georgia General Assembly, legislators voted to take a week-long break from regular business to allow extra time for deliberations over Georgia’s fiscal priorities and annual appropriations bills. State leaders continue to express concerns over Gov. Kemp’s executive budget proposals, which include the first mandatory agency budget cuts and reduced mid-year revenue estimate since the Great Recession. Beyond agreeing on an appropriations plan for the next six months, Georgia’s leaders must also consider the precedent set by the $28.1 billion budget proposal for next year, which includes not only $300 million in across-the-board agency budget cuts, but also $400 million in pay raises for teachers and state employees.