Governor’s Budget Proposal Shows Modest Rise in Spending

ATLANTA (AP)-New proposals from Governor Nathan Deal would provide a modest increase in state spending as Georgia continues recovering from one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression.

Deal released budget plans Wednesday that would raise government spending by roughly $255 million for the fiscal year ending in June, or just over 1 percent of the previously approved budget of nearly $18.3 billion. Deal wants to spend $19.2 billion the following year, which is 5 percent more than the current budget.

Deal said his plans would streamline government functions while boosting spending for initiatives that he says will grow the economy. He asked the General Assembly for more spending to accommodate growth in the state’s K-12 and higher education systems. Lawmakers can still change Deal’s spending plans.

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