This week the FY 2020 budget was passed during legislation and I am excited to break it down for you! House Bill #31, the FY 2020 budget, is set by a revenue estimate of $27.5 billion, which is a 3.95% increase over the FY 2019 current budget.

FY 2020 Budget Highlights:

  • Provides $300,000 for the creation of the Blight Removal and Code Enforcement (BRACE) program, which gives grants to communities with a population of 2,500 or less to initiate a free, neighborhood-level cleanup for areas with the most code violations and blight. 
  • Includes a $2,775 pay raise for certified teachers and certified personnel.
  •  Upon recommendations of the 2018 House School Security Study Committee $174,000has been appropriated to hire two school safety threat assessment trainers to work with local school systems to develop threat assessment plans.
  • Includes $78.4 million in the Department of Community Health for Medicaid growth.
  • Recognizes an increase of $38.6 million in new revenue for transportation, an increase of 7% over the current year budget.
  • Includes $2.84 million to establish the initial budget for the ATL authority

Until then please feel free to contact me to voice any concerns or questions you have on any legislation up for consideration in the House or the Senate. I can be reached at my Capitol office at 404-656-0287, or by email at karen.mathiak@house.ga.gov. As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your state representative!

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