Budget Passes the House

Travis has the details.

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.


  1. bowersville says:

    Yes you’re right the Tour de France is much better, but only on television.

    At least here we had the distinct advantage of seeing Lance Armstrong up close and in person in the hills of Habersham, White, etc. without rubbing shoulders with French retreatist and their anti Americanism.

  2. Because of some internal struggle between the House & Senate, the mid-year budget is still in the House. Ben Harbin made a motion to reconsider on the budget which in effect kept the bill in the House until Cross-over Day.

  3. bowersville says:

    The Macon online news article states the supplemental passed 171-1 in a House vote, so which is it?

    Is it still in the House, or is up for consideration in the Senate? It can’t be both.

    Harbin is quoted by the MaconTelegraph, now Andre on the Pundit. Who is correct?

  4. Demonbeck says:

    According to InsiderAdvantage, it was passed, but was kept from the Senate by a motion for reconsideration.

    With the General Assembly in recess now until next week, I am sure we’ll see this play out over the course of the week.

    It will be interesting to watch how Cagle and Richardson handle this. With Isakson showing no interest in the position, they are the two frontrunners for the Gov seat.

  5. Bull Moose says:

    Demonbeck, Cagle wins in a cake walk. Richardson has demonstrated that he is a not ready for prime time part player.

    His schtick may work in the hollow halls of the state capitol but it isn’t going to work on the main streets of Georgia.

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