Georgia

Georgia

Budget Cycle
Annual
  
Governor Submits Budget 
January (2nd week)

Fiscal Year Begins
July 1

Governor Signs Budget
May

Budget Links

FY2023 (enacted)
FY2023 (proposed)
FY2022 (enacted)
FY2021 (enacted)
FY2020 (enacted)
FY2019 (enacted)
FY2018 (enacted)

Proposed Budget - Fiscal Year 2023

On January 13, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp released a $57.7 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2023, a decrease of 1.0 percent from the amended fiscal 2022 budget. From state funds the budget proposes spending $30.2 billion in fiscal 2023, an increase of 1.1 percent from amended fiscal 2022 while general funds total $25.9 billion, a decrease of $34.2 million or 0.13 percent from amended fiscal 2022. State general fund receipts are projected at $28.6 billion in fiscal 2023, an increase of 1.8 percent over amended fiscal 2022, while total state treasury receipts are estimated at $30.2 billion, a 2.03 percent increase. The Revenue Shortfall Reserve was $4.3 billion at the end of fiscal 2021, reaching “filled” status as current law provides that the reserve cannot exceed 15 percent of the previous fiscal year’s net revenue. Across state funds appropriated in the budget, the largest categories of spending are dedicated to Educated Georgia (52.5 percent), Healthy Georgia (23.8 percent), Safe Georgia (7.4 percent), and Mobile Georgia (6.9 percent).


Proposed Budget Highlights 

The governor outlined his priorities for the proposed fiscal 2023 budget, funding investments in education, economic development, health care and human services, and public safety.


Education
  • $382.7 million to restore austerity cuts to the Quality Basic Education funding program and $5.6 million to restore austerity cuts to other K-12 instruction programs.
  • $287.1 million to increase K-12 teacher and certified personnel salaries and $19.4 million to increase early care certified teachers and assistant teachers’ salaries by $2,000.
  • $42.98 million to recognize a 0.007 percent increase in enrollment at K-12 public schools.
  • $35.3 million for the State Commission Charter Schools supplement to recognize a 23.79 percent increase in enrollment at state charter schools.
  • $577.3 million for the University System of Georgia to provide a $5,000 cost of living adjustment for full-time employees, restore austerity cuts in the teaching formula and eliminate the Special Institutional Fee, and reflect a 1.2 percent increase in credit hour enrollment, graduate medical education, and increased square footage.
  • $23.4 million reduction for technical education to reflect a 10.1 percent decline in credit hour enrollment and a 3.2 percent increase in square footage.
  • $33.4 million to restore austerity cuts and expand instruction at technical colleges in critical jobs such as health care, commercial truck driving and manufacturing.

Workforce and Economic Development
  • $6.3 million to design a new Quick Start Training Center to support the expansion of the electric vehicle industry in the state, along with $5.4 million for customized training and recruitment operations.
  • $20.98 million for the Transportation Trust Fund for transportation projects and $8.3 million for the Transit Trust Fund for transit projects.
  • $367.5 million to provide a $5,000 cost of living adjustment for state employees.
  • $24.8 million to allow eligible employees to withdraw up to 40 hours of annual leave as salary per year.

Health Care and Human Services
  • $314.1 million for Medicaid and PeachCare, including $50 million for program growth and $150 million to restore the 6.2 percent enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
  • $85.4 million to bring equity to Medicaid provider rates and support existing physicians through the elimination of attestation.
  • $39.5 million to increase access to Medicaid for children receiving SNAP/TANF benefits through express lane enrollment.
  • $28.2 million to extend postpartum coverage from 6 to 12 months.
  • $7.8 million for a 10 percent increase in outpatient core services for addictive diseases and mental health and $6.2 million to expand behavioral health and substance abuse crisis capacity.
  • $27.8 million for a 10 percent provider rate increase for child caring and placing institutions, along with foster parents and relative caregivers.
  • $124.3 million for the implementation of the state reinsurance program to reduce insurance premiums and $15.5 million to implement the state health care exchange to increase access to health insurance.

Public Safety
  • $4.6 million to expand the Medical Examiner’s office and crime lab to address the forensic backlog.
  • $3.2 million to support one trooper school with 75 cadets.
  • $1.3 million for 12.0 positions to establish a gang prosecution unit and $317,484 for 3.0 positions to expand the human trafficking unit in the Department of Law.
  • $167.7 million in bond funds for the State Prison Facility Transformation Program, to purchase an additional facility and begin construction on a new state prison, allowing for the closure of four older and more dangerous facilities.