The following piece was published on the personal blog of State Senator Jack Hill. It has been republished by AllOnGeorgia with permission. 
The Governor’s proposed FY 2017 amended budget totals $24.345 billion after amending in $606.2 million in this budget. Of this total, $108.7 million is Motor Fuel Tax increase based on new excise taxes increased interest and other HB170 fees added to collections for a total appropriation of $1.92 billion. Lottery appropriations were flat for a total appropriation of $1.07 billion for the FY 17 year. Altogether the state budget is based on a tax revenue growth rate of 3.2% over FY16 actual collections.
FY 17 AMENDED K-12 EDUCATION ADDS
  • $111.1 million-Midyear adjustment for enrollment growth
  • $3.5 million-Development of an assessment for K-3 math and reading curriculum to support new approaches to teaching
  • $2.3 million-For new Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College and State University for teacher training
  • $16.7 million-Increased funding to meet student demand for Move On When Ready college enrollment program for high school students
  • $1.8 million-For REACH Scholarship Program (follows middle school students to college)
FY 17 AMENDED HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ADDS
  • Match $24.9 million in Federal funds with $11.5 million in Tenet Settlement Funds for private deemed and non-deemed hospitals under the Disproportionate Care Trust Fund for indigent care
  • State Health Benefit Plan–$126 million add for changes in the membership, utilization and medical trends
    • Add $7.2 million for a 2.5% increase in employee premiums in non-Medicare Advantage plans already effective Jan. 1, 2017.
    • Add $5.2 million for a $20 premium increase for Medicare Advantage premium plan members effective Jan. 1, 2017.
FY 17 AMENDED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH/DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADDS
  • $6.0 million for 250 additional slots for the New Options Waiver and Comprehensive Waiver Program for the developmentally disabled
  • $6.1 million for supportive housing for mental health consumers with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI)
FY 17 AMENDED DHS ADDS
  • $13.4 million for continuing design, development and implementation of the Integrated Eligibility System technology
  • $28.6 million state funds to match $4.1 federal funds for increase in out-of-home care utilization
FY 17 PUBLIC HEALTH ADDS
  • $10 million for one-time funding to implement Enterprise Systems Modernization System
  • $500,000 for telehealth equipment and maintenance
FY 17 COMMUNITY AFFAIRS ADDS
  • $2.2 million for 2020 Census collection
  • $15.0 million for Regional Business Assistance grants (REBA)
  • ONEGEORGIA projects
    • $50.0 million for new Georgia Cyber Range in Augusta
    • $26.5 million for Edge and Equity competitive Economic Development grants
    • $3.5 million for infrastructure for Hutchinson Island bulwark in Savannah
    • $3.0 million for work on the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
FY 17 CORRECTIONS ADDS
  • $17 million for contract to implement Electronic Health Records to comply with federal 340B Program Eligibility
  • $10 million for Increase in Hepatitis C treatments
  • $5.9 million for rising costs of generic prescription drugs
  • $2.1 million for rising HIV medication costs
OTHER AGENCIES ADDS
  • $10.0 million for Forestry Commission for new equipment for firefighting
  • $1.6 million for DNR Law Enforcement communications equipment
  • $15.0 million for Forestland Protection Act Grants reimbursements
    • $2.0 million to eliminate remaining FY 1997-99 ERS delinquency payments for Local Tax Officials Retirement and FICA Program and
    • $1.5 million for motor vehicle registration and titling
    • $10.0 million to replenish Governor’s Emergency Fund
    • $8.9 million for Hazardous Waste Cleanup activities-DNR Hazardous Waste Trust Fund, Adds $2.5 million for Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites.
The full Governor’s FY 2017 Amended Budget can be found at https://opb.georgia.gov/under “Budget Reports.”
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