2014 Capitol Update – Week 2 – Amended FY 2014 Budget

House passes supplemental FY 2014 budget  

We concluded our second week at the Georgia General Assembly on Friday passing  HB 743 in the House – the amended FY 2014 budget at $20.2 billion. As our economy strengthens, state revenues have increased by approximately $300 million (1.5% increase) as compared to the projection at the start of this fiscal year. As Governor Deal proposed, the House allocated over half of the increase to K-12 education ($180 million). In addition, a portion of these new funds will go to economic development and job creation incentives ($51.5 million) through the OneGeorgia, Regional Economic Business Assistance grants and transportation projects ($27 million). The House also supported Governor Deal’s request to add $25 million to pay for increased enrollment in Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids health care programs.The amended FY 2014 budget now goes the the Senate for consideration. Once passed by the Senate, a Conference Committee will likely reconcile any differences in the proposed budgets prior to final passage and the Governor’s signature.Committee meetings at full speed next week

With two key priorities (May 20 Primary Election and amended FY 2014 budget) already voted by the House, next week committees begin meeting to debate numerous pieces of legislation. I am grateful to serve on four committees this year that consider issues of interest to me personally and importance to not only those I represent in District 106, but all Georgians – Budget and Fiscal Affairs OversightRegulated IndustriesTransportation, and Ways & Means. You may view committee meeting dates, times, and agendas at the links below.

House committee meeting calendar:
http://webmail.legis.ga.gov/Calendar/?chamber=house

Senate committee meeting calendar:
http://media.legis.ga.gov/Calendar/?chamber=senate

As always, I remain appreciative that you allow me to serve as your state Representative. I encourage you to contact me with any comments or questions you have about the legislation being considered at the state Capitol.  You can reach me at my Capitol office at 404-656-0254 or on my cell at 404-966-5804 or via email at brett.harrell@house.ga.gov.

Thank you,

Brett Harrell

At the Capitol
Please call, email, or visit Brett at the Capitol.
Representative Brett Harrell
601-D Coverdell Legislative Office Building
18 Capitol Square
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-0254
brett.harrell@house.ga.gov

Committee assignments:

Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight, Regulated Industries, Transportation, and Ways & Means