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NOTES FROM THE SENATE, AUGUST 10, 2018
STARTING THE FISCAL YEAR OFF RIGHT-REVENUES UP, RESERVES AT 10.3%

July begins the FY 2019 Fiscal Year. Since July of last year was a negative revenue month, it was important that July of 2018 be a positive month. While not a terrific revenue month, July came in at a gain of 3.5%, a respectable increase that comes close to matching the normal revenue growth built into the budget. We'll have a column later on reserves, but Georgia's reserves are at an all-time high. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, AUGUST 3, 2018
THE 2020 CENSUS AND REAPPORTIONMENT

The 2020 Census is just three years away and preparations have already begun on work to secure the best count possible. The Census is important for even more reasons than the apportionment of Congressional districts along with state and local districts. Federal funds are often dispensed based on population numbers. So an incorrect, low count can cost a community and the state federal funds for the next ten years. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, JULY 27, 2018
THE OPIOID CRISIS- GEORGIA'S RESPONSE- PART I

ADDICTION RECOVERY SUPPORT CENTERS

Fiscal year 2019 began for Georgia on July first. And Georgia, like other states, is facing an opioid use disorder epidemic. So, in an effort to address this and all other substance misuse disorders, the FY2019 state budget includes $12.4 million in new state general funds to support initiatives that appear as line items across multiple areas of the budget. One of these new initiatives is $4 million in new funding to provide substance abuse recovery programs for service delivery through community service boards and local partners. (More)

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