The Georgia House of Representatives passed its version of the state’s 2007 amended budget this afternoon.
The budget, which passed 171-1, now heads to the Senate for more tinkering and an eventual vote.
The amended budget includes new funding for PeachCare, the state’s insurance program for children, money for disaster relief in the tornado-ravaged Americus area, money for the Tour de Georgia bicycle race, millions in new school funding and more money to repave roads.
“This is a good budget,” House Appropriations Chairman Ben Harbin, R-Evans, told legislators before their vote.
Though the budget includes too many projects to easily count, PeachCare has captured most of the attention this year. The program, which is largely federally funded, was running out of money. State leaders agreed to shift millions to make up the shortfall through the end of this year, with the hope that Congress eventually will approve more federal money for the program.