Senate approves mid-year budget

Just after voting to take a two-week break to work on the 2011 budget, the Georgia State Senate voted to approve last year’s amended state budget by slashing more than a $1 billion in spending.

The bill, HB 947, passed 44-6 and will now go back to the Georgia House of Representatives.

The senators voted to cut $1.2 billion in spending from the budget – which runs through June 30 – while furloughing teachers and state employees for three additional days.

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General Sherman

February 18th, 2010
6:10 pm

How much PORK was in this so called amendment,guess we will really know until it to late to speak up!

Tyler Durden

February 18th, 2010
7:29 pm

Where do you begin with how disengenuously this palyed out? We won’t rush such an important decision, so rest assured we won’t be taking two weeks off, we’ll be working on this big problem with the budget…

Suddenly, they have two weeks off.

Yep, gotta love our representation in the Capital…

Harry

February 18th, 2010
10:30 pm

So the DOT is going to give contracts to roadbuilders to rebuild a lane of I-85 that we’ve already paid for once, in order to accommodate $130 million of new empty commuter buses to downtown Atlanta, which in turn will back up traffic even more. That’s real smart. And Gena Evans, who I respected, has become a lobbyist for the industry. Wow, the commuters are not going to be happy. I for one will support any politician who promises to vote to remove his current district DOT member.

Sadly informed

February 19th, 2010
7:27 am

Tyler, You’re confusing two different things. They were going to work on the 2011 budget…they just voted on the mid-year revision of the 2010 (current year) budget.
Harry, It’s alot like the existing HOV lanes…we all paid to build them then were restricted from using them. Then a year or so ago DOT starts talking of adding some pay-as-you-go lane. Just shows that we have NO long-term transportation plan.

Mel

February 19th, 2010
8:17 am

Folks, here it is again but you’re raving up against the SYMPTOMS. The cause is the money. Fix the money or nothing else will get fixed. They’re not working for us. They’re working for their big time campaign bankrollers. As long as we have an election system that keeps our politicians starving for campaign cash, nothing will improve. And we have to stop allowing the incumbents to draw their own districts. Fix campaign finance and redistricting and you’ll see a whole lot of things change but getting it done will be the fight of all time. Focus on the cause like a laser beam and stop attacking the symptoms. Enact clean money campaigns like they did in Arizona and some other states and cities. It works.

retiredds

February 19th, 2010
3:18 pm

Mel, you are right on. And this Republican experiment is a prime example that the Repubs are no different than the Democrats, they just sit on a different side of the chamber. They tell us, and continue to tout how much better they will be for the people. Well, the facts and history don’t square up with their message. When it comes to campaign finance and ethics, these guys are about as bad as it gets…. no integrity.

Ironmaiden319

February 20th, 2010
12:40 pm

How convenient that the bill is not posted on the Georgia General Assembly website.

Spouse of State Employee

February 20th, 2010
5:42 pm

bussiness as usual SSDD

Chris

February 21st, 2010
9:10 am

Of course the current budget had to be revised…be thankful! The state does the same thing families do when there isn’t enough money to go around: tighten the belt. Uncomfortable? Absolutely! But also quite necessary and very telling about just how much less state government could be operating on.

Mel and retiredds are right, the GOP is not much different that the Democrats. Both parties feel they are entitled to their jobs and the hard earned money of GA taxpayers. Campaign finance can be discussed. Ethics can be discussed. How about eligible voters show up on election day and send these career politicians home! We deserve better and it is the fault of the voters for continuing to send the same people back to the capital every election cycle.

Clueless

February 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

How much does the state lose in payroll taxes for each day state employees and teachers are furloughed? (Yes, state employees and teachers DO pay payroll taxes!)

Wally

February 23rd, 2010
2:39 pm

One thing you got right, Clueless, is your name. Sure they pay state income taxes, but who do you think pays 100% of their salary plus benefits just to get that slight return in the form of income tax?

Ted Nougat

February 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

Since the GOP took over, Georgia has rapidly slid into decline, and is now competing with Alabama, South Carolina, and Mississippi in a race to the very bottom of the gene pool. Soon we will find ourselves debating GOP-sponsored bills to bring back school segregation and re-implement Jim Crow laws – and the sad thing is that the vast majority of today’s Republicans would gladly support that kind of thing. We truly have seen a 180-degree change in the parties. The right-wing racist conservative Democrats of the 1950’s and 60’s have become today’s modern Republicans, and the progressive, moderate Republicans from that era have become today’s modern Democrats. Then, as now, the wrong party is in power, and our state suffers dearly as a result.

Sporty

February 24th, 2010
9:03 am

I guess I am appauled to see that we in America that have so many uneducated persons in our midst are looking to cut in Education. You ask why many countries are ahead of the united states, it’s because we are selfish and only care about our individual pockets. The lottery is and was established that it would put money into education, so then stop giving bonuses and increase education for children. Educate them and crime will go down significantly. It’s not about parties it’s about people. We need to kill parties and find a way to save people.

Clueless

February 24th, 2010
7:09 pm

Wally, I’m going to type r-e-a-l s-l-o-w for you here.

REVENUES are down, particularly payroll taxes and sales taxes.

Payroll taxes drop when people aren’t earning as much money; for instance, if they are laid off, fired, or FURLOUGHED.

Sales taxes drop when people aren’t spending as much. That’s frequently because they aren’t making as much, because they’ve been laid off, fired, or FURLOUGHED.

Of course, if you think state employees and teachers should be exempted from state taxes because they are also paid from state taxes, I’m good with that.

Wally

February 24th, 2010
8:22 pm

ok clueless, I’m not here to argue or to teach. But if the state pays a salary of $50,000 and gets back maybe 7% of that in the form of income tax, how do you figure the state loses money on furloughs? I agree that the federal gov’t does. The government wants everyone working but the government doesn’t want to be the one paying the salary.

Clueless

February 24th, 2010
10:25 pm

Wally, the NET result to the state will not be a loss, as revenues and expenditures will BOTH be down, and expenditures will be down more.

Can we agree that revenues will decrease?

Wally

February 25th, 2010
4:26 pm

We can agree that the state won’t get the thousands in income tax that would have been owed on the millions it didn’t pay out in salaries.
Now goodbye.

Eddie

February 26th, 2010
7:31 am

state workers pay their on way by working and paying taxes with what they make. Being we are taxed. On everything we buy. I’am for fair tax . one tax amen

watts

March 4th, 2010
10:31 am

Last year, the current governor instituted a contract with IBM to cover statewide IT, Telecommunications, and Tech Support for Georgia Agencies. What did this cost the state budget?

Now, IBM is laying off thousands of workers within the US and moving those positions overseas to India.

How does this help Georgia or the federal government when these companies take our tax dollars and spend them overseas?