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Students. Putting the Puzzle Together. Understanding the State Budget & the Legislative Process Teresa Maxwell. 2004 GSFC Annual Conference March 3 & 4, 2004. Overview. State of Georgia Budget How Does the State Budget Impact GSFC Legislative Update How to Contact Your Legislator?.

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Putting the puzzle together

Students

Putting the Puzzle Together

Understanding the State Budget & the Legislative Process

Teresa Maxwell

2004 GSFC Annual

Conference

March 3 & 4, 2004


Overview
Overview

  • State of Georgia Budget

  • How Does the State Budget Impact GSFC

  • Legislative Update

  • How to Contact Your Legislator?


State budget
State Budget

  • The Georgia Constitution requires that the State of GA have a balanced budget

  • Who sets the revenue estimate for Georgia?

  • Annual Budget


Budget cycle
Budget Cycle

  • Agencies start preparing the budget in Spring

  • Budget submitted to Office of Planning & Budget (OPB) in September

  • Governor provides General Assembly his budget in January

  • General Assembly passes budget by March


Budget cycle1
Budget Cycle

  • Budget submitted to Governor for signature

  • OPB will review budget and provide any line item veto information to the Governor

  • The Governor then signs the budget


State of georgia budget
State of Georgia Budget

  • Fiscal Year 2004: $16,146,990,223

  • New Revenue Estimate: $16,037,490,223

  • Fiscal Year 2005: $16,125,208,162


Sources of state revenue
Sources of State Revenue

  • Income Tax

  • Sales Tax

  • Motor Fuel Tax

  • Other Taxes

  • Lottery

  • Fees and Sales

  • Indigent Care

  • Tobacco Settlement


How state dollars are spent fy 2004
How state dollars are spent (FY 2004)

  • Education – 53.6%

  • Human Services – 22.3%

  • Public Safety – 7.8%

  • Debt Service – 4.8%

  • Transportation – 4.3%

  • General Government – 3.5%

  • Economic Development – 1.4%

  • Legislative & Judicial – 1.3%

  • Natural Resources – 1.1%


Revenue shortfall reserve rainy day fund
Revenue Shortfall Reserve “Rainy Day Fund”

Fiscal YearRainy Day Fund

2003$184,693,387

2002 $700,273,960

2001 $734,449,390

2000$551,277,500



Putting the puzzle together

How the Budget Affects the Policy Process:

Financial Aid in Georgia

Search for Offsets Increased Scrutiny

Basic Questions Effectiveness

Efficiency

Policy Changes Decrease Awards

Higher Standard


Putting the puzzle together

Recommended Policy Changes

FY 2005

  • Governor’s Scholarship Program

    • Modify the eligibility requirement beginning in FY 2006 and award up to 2 scholarships per high school (Valedictorian and STAR Student)

  • ROTC Program

    • Students have signed a contract with the US Military committing to serve

  • GMC Scholarship

    • Increase the minimum GPA requirement from a 2.5 GPA to a 3.0 GPA


Gsfc s budget
GSFC’s Budget

  • State Funds – Unit A

    • Tuition Equalization Grant

    • Guaranteed Educational Loans

    • LEAP

    • Governor’s Scholarship Program

    • Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents’ Grant

    • ROTC Grant

    • North GA College & University Military Scholarship

    • Military Transfer Program


Gsfc s budget1
GSFC’s Budget

  • Lottery Funds – Unit B

    • HOPE Scholarship (Public & Private)

    • HOPE Grant

    • Teacher Scholarship

    • Promise Scholarship

    • Promise II Scholarship

    • Georgia Military Scholarship

    • Public Safety Memorial Grant

    • Engineering Scholarship




Hope recommendations
HOPE Recommendations program?

  • Eliminate payment for books, effective FY 2005.

  • Eliminate payment for fees, effective FY 2005.

  • Cap the number of eligibility hours for the HOPE Grant at 95 quarter hours (63 semester hours), effective FY 2005, and cap participation across both programs at 127 semester

    hours.


Hope recommendations1
HOPE Recommendations program?

  • Restrict eligibility for the HOPE Grant program to those students who do not possess a bachelor’s degree effective FY 2005.

  • Implement a standard 3.0 grade point average (GPA) requirement for the HOPE Scholarship, effective FY 2008.


Hope recommendations2
HOPE Recommendations program?

  • Endorse the recommendation of the GSFC regarding the development of a uniform residency requirement for all students receiving support from HOPE.

  • Improve data collection and management.

  • Determine the appropriate means of legislative oversight and coordination.


Hope recommendations3
HOPE Recommendations program?

  • Create a commission to study the pre-kindergarten program.

  • Implement a uniform grading system for public K-12 education in Georgia.

  • Discontinue funding for future capital outlay projects.


Other legislation
Other Legislation program?

  • HB 341 – HOPE for part-time students at private institutions

  • HB 1011 – Adds the Southern Association of Independent Schools to the definition of eligible high schools

  • HB 1180 and HB 1181 - Appropriations bill


Legislation
Legislation program?

All legislation can be view at the following website:

http://www.legis.state.ga.us


Contacting legislators
Contacting Legislators program?

  • Call your legislator

  • Write your legislator

  • Best of All - Visit your legislator


Higher education committees
Higher Education Committees program?

  • House Higher Education Committee

    • Chairwoman Louise McBee

    • Vice Chairwoman Pat Gardner

  • Senate Higher Education Committee

    • Chairman Bill Hamrick

    • Vice Chairman Seth Harp


Higher education appropriations committee
Higher Education Appropriations Committee program?

  • House Higher Education Committee

    • Chairwoman Ann Purcell

  • Senate Higher Education Committee

    • Chairman Chuck Clay


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Questions program?


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Putting the Puzzle Together! program?

Colleges

Parents

Students

Financial Aid