2019 Legislative Session Week Seven
It was another productive week at the Georgia State Capitol. We have completed seven weeks and 25 legislative days, of the 2019 session thus far. This past week the House passed House Bill 31, the Fiscal Year 2020 budget. I have provided a brief summary of the FY 2020 budget for you below.
House Bill 31
House Bill 31, the FY 2020 budget, is set by a revenue estimate of $27.5 billion, which is a 3.95% increase over the FY 2019 current budget.
FY 2020 Budget Highlights:
- 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.
- Upon recommendations of the 2018 House School Security Study Committee, $174,000 has been appropriated to hire two school safety threat assessment trainers to work with local school systems to develop threat assessment plans.
- Includes $78.4 million in the Department of Community Health for Medicaid growth
- Recognizes an increase of $38.6 million in new revenue for transportation, an increase of 7% over the current year budget.
- Includes $2.84 million to establish the initial budget for the ATL authority.
To learn more about House Bill 31 click here.
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As the 2019 Session continues to move forward, I will uphold my promise to work diligently on your behalf to pass meaningful and helpful legislation. If you find yourself in Atlanta during session, I encourage you to visit me at my Capitol office, and please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns regarding any current or upcoming legislation. My Capitol office is located at 220 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334, my office phone number is 404-656-5912. I can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thank you for allowing me to be your Representative.