ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Government spending in Georgia would rise to roughly $19.2 billion under a budget approved by House lawmakers.

The spending plan was approved Wednesday by a vote of 151-21. It now heads to the state Senate.

The latest proposal comes as Georgia tepidly recovers from a deep recession that drove down tax collections and required billions of dollars in spending cuts.

The Republican-sponsored proposal largely follows a plan from Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. House lawmakers included $5 million in borrowing to purchase a lot near the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.While there has been discussion of building a new stadium there, Rep. Terry England said that discussion was for a later day.

It also restored funding for a state-run visitors center in former President Jimmy Carter’s hometown of Plains.


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