This week remained busy at the Capitol as the Senate accomplished an additional four legislative days and continued to focus on the 2013 amended budget. It was also an important week for recognizing several groups that contribute to the conservation and betterment of our environment.
The budget is constitutionally mandated to begin in the House of Representatives and on February 8, the House voted to approve the amended $19.3 billion state budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, which ends June 30. Also known as the supplemental budget, the plan includes no new programs but would add $245 million in needed Medicaid funding and $172 million to local school systems to address costs associated with enrollment growth in Georgia’s K-12 public schools. The Senate has now taken up the budget and will analyze every detail to assure our money is being spent responsibly.