ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed
into law a midyear amended budget that includes $100 million
in emergency funding to combat the new coronavirus.
The emergency money was pulled from the state’s $2.8 billion
reserves for the budget that the governor signed Tuesday
(March 17). Despite that new money, the spending plan
cuts $159 million from other state spending for the fiscal
year ending June 30.
Cuts were ordered by the Republican governor after a slowdown
in state revenue collections. Compared to Kemp’s initial
proposal, state lawmakers shifted money around to restore
cuts from county health departments and increase funding
for state troopers, public defenders and food inspectors.