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NOTES FROM THE SENATE, OCTOBER 18, 2019
GOVERNOR ISSUES FIRST NEGATIVE BUDGET INSTRUCTIONS IN SEVEN YEARS

Annually the Governor issues budget instructions to all executive agencies that establishes their amended and proposed budget parameters for the current and upcoming fiscal years. This year the instructions (available online at the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget Website available here: https://opb.georgia.gov/budget-documents/budget-instructions-current-year) covered the Governor's priorities of reforming state government to make it more responsive and accessible to citizens, improve program outcomes, and reduce costs to taxpayers. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, OCTOBER 11, 2019
YTD REVENUES BARELY POSITIVE

It was hard to find good news in the state's September Revenue Report as the total revenue of $2.2 billion only showed a $15.7 million gain, just 0.7%. September completes the first quarter of the 2020 Fiscal Year and the revenue results so far are dismal. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, OCTOBER 7, 2019
Recently, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) released an updated study evaluating the long-term effectiveness of Georgia's Pre-K program. There have already been studies highlighting Georgia Pre-K quality and outcomes of children in a Georgia Pre-K program and immediately after. The ongoing Longitudinal Study is tracking outcomes of children from pre-K through fifth grade. The recently released report is part of the study, looking at the social and academic outcomes of Georgia Pre-K participants in second grade ("Year 4"). The final year of the study will be in in 2019-2020 when the students complete fifth grade. (More)

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